Interim Senior Vice President Michael Hardman has announced the appointment of Dr. David Kieda as the Dean of the Graduate School effective August 1, 2013. Dr. Kieda is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the U and an internationally known researcher on the use of astronomical telescopes and observations to study the fundamental particles and forces in the universe.
Originally a native of Endicott, New York, Professor Kieda received his undergraduate degree from MIT in Physics in 1982. He joined the University of Utah faculty in 1990, shortly after completing his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. In his role as Chair of Physics and Astronomy, Professor Kieda has worked closely with faculty and administration to establish and expand the University’s Astronomy program. He helped set up both a public observatory on campus and a high-altitude, research telescope in southern Utah. He also established the University as a major partner in international research programs, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Professor Kieda currently leads multiple major gamma-ray observatory projects and is the founder and organizer of the yearly SnowPAC conference series on particle astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He also has 30 patents on novel material properties, electronic components, and safer medical devices. Professor Kieda is recipient of the 2012 Utah Governors Medal of Science and Technology as well as the University’s 2013 Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research award.
A brief interview with Dave Kieda posted on KUER: http://www.kuer.org/post/new-u-grad-school-dean