University of Pittsburgh
December 11, 2003

Pitt School of Engineering Appoints Associate Dean for Research

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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh has appointed Michael Lovell, associate professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, as the School of Engineering's associate dean for research.

"The School of Engineering has excelled in research during the past decade and is on the forefront of technology in several important areas including biotechnology, micro- and nanosystems, manufacturing, and advanced materials development," said Lovell. "I would like to build upon our research strengths by creating a vibrant research infrastructure that significantly enhances and expands our present research activities and promotes collaboration within the school and the academic and industrial communities."

Joining Pitt in 2000, Lovell is codirector of the Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence and executive director of the Swanson Center for Product Innovation (SCPI). SCPI is a complete development center for designing, prototyping, developing, and marketing new products and processes. His research focuses on novel manufacturing processes, micro- and nanotechnology, and tribology—the study of friction, lubrication, and the wear between moving surfaces.

"Mike Lovell was instrumental in helping the school take the Swanson Center from idea to institute," said Gerald Holder, U.S. Steel Dean of the School of Engineering. "My experience working with Mike, and his outstanding strides in research, gives me every confidence that he will do an outstanding job in this position."

Lovell received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1997 and the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1999.

Lovell earned the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Pitt in 1994. After two years of service as a senior development engineer with ANSYS, Lovell joined the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Kentucky, in 1996, where he was director of the Manufacturing Process Modeling and Tribology Research Laboratories within the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems.