Don Peterson named dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees appointed Donald Peterson to be the new dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the university announced.Peterson, a BMES member, is the third dean in the college's history. Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman said the university is fortunate to have attracted such a high-caliber candidate.
“Dr. Peterson is an accomplished scientist-administrator with demonstrated success transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries to build strong academic and research programs in areas of interest to NIU, including biomedical engineering,” Freeman said.
Peterson said he was attracted to NIU's reputation for student-centered education and its focus on career readiness. He was impressed by the university's simultaneous dedication to both teaching and research.
“That NIU wants to bring in research but pay close attention to its teaching mission really ups its game in the higher education realm,” Peterson said. “Students will be getting exposure to cutting-edge research while getting an unparalleled education. There's a lot of exciting potential there.”