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Search Committee Formed to Find New Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering

The individual chosen will succeed Julio M. Ottino, who will step down as dean at the end of the academic year

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On November 15, Northwestern University announced the formation of a search committee to identify the next dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The individual chosen will succeed Julio M. Ottino, who will step down as dean at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. Ottino will complete his term as dean August 31, 2023, and continue to serve as Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Provost Kathleen Hagerty has charged the search committee, which includes faculty, students, staff, and McCormick graduates, to undertake the search to identify a slate of candidates. Mark C. Hersam, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Materials Research Center, will chair the search. Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist the committee.

Committee members

 The committee will begin its work immediately and will engage the McCormick community to obtain input on the desired attributes and experience of the dean, understand the community’s needs and collect nominations of potential candidates for the role.

Members of the University community are invited to share feedback, submit questions, and recommend candidates by contacting the search committee at

The committee will be staffed by Office of the Provost staff Lorraine Cassis, executive assistant; Roma Khanna, associate provost for strategy and policy; Andrianna Kurzenberger, senior program administrator; and Mearah Quinn-Brauner, senior director for strategy and policy.