Michael Mullins has agreed to serve as interim chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He will officially start July 1, taking over from chair and faculty member Pradeep Agrawal.
Mullins, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has previously served as department chair. He has extensive experience leading the Michigan Tech University Senate, and also won a Fulbright award, the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology, to spend the 2015-16 academic year on sabbatical at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
“The department is in a strong growth curve of research, and I know that Michael will only help accelerate this as we add additional faculty to the department and also search for the department’s next Chair,” said Dean Janet Callahan.
“Having been in the department for over 35 years, I am pleased to serve as interim chair as we go through the transition period of finding our next chair and hiring additional faculty,” said Mullins. “Until that time, we will continue to promote excellence in education and research, and stay connected to our alumni and industry stakeholders.”
Agrawal came to Michigan Tech in 2017 to serve as chair after nearly 40 years at Georgia Tech. He will soon be returning to Atlanta upon retirement, where he will enjoy winters without anywhere near as much ice or snow!