Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been elected by his peers to serve on the executive board of the Engineering Deans Council.
The council is one of the leadership organizations of the American Society for Engineering Education, a nonprofit that brings educators together to collaborate on solutions that promote excellence in instruction, research, public service and practice.
The council sponsors an annual colloquium to review public policy issues that affect engineering education and encourages engineering deans to communicate with their congressional delegations.
The issues range from economic development to support of federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. The council also supports an annual institute that focuses on issues such as curriculum development, diversity and the globalization of engineering education.
Yortsos’ two-year term will begin on June 29 at the conclusion of the society’s annual conference and exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kenneth Galloway, dean of the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University and current chair of the council, informed Yortsos of his election in a March 29 letter.
Along with Yortsos, engineering deans David Munson of the University of Michigan and Darryll Pines of the University of Maryland also were elected to the council.
The executive board meets each fall in Washington, D.C.