LOGAN – The new dean of Utah State University’s College of Engineering — David Jones — plans to assume his new position Oct. 1, leaving the University of Nebraska where he directed the Biological Systems Engineering Department for six years.

He succeeds Jagath Kaluarachchi who announced his retirement last November, effective June 30 of this year. The outgoing dean said in his final months he would work to expand the Utah Earthquake Engineering Center into a custom-built headquarters that would accommodate a state-of-the-art research operation with large shaker tables for simulating seismic loads.

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David Jones has been named as the dean of the College of Engineering. Jones joins USU after serving as a professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2017-23, Jones was the department head of the UNL Biological Systems Engineering Department from 2017-2023. (Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

USU President Elizabeth Cantwell, a trained engineer herself, said in bringing Dr. Jones to USU the university is positioning the College of Engineering for the future, and his leadership will empower the students of the college to create that future.

The new dean said the college is grounded in the heritage of the land-grant system which makes it an ideal platform for service and leadership.

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