Utah State University names new college of engineering dean

Jagath Kaluarachci (Photo: Utah State University)

(KUTV) - Jagath Kaluarachci, a long time Utah State University (USU) professor and administrator, has been selected as the new dean of USU's College of Engineering.

“Dr. Kaluarachchi brings decades of valuable experience to the position of dean in the College of Engineering,” USU President Noelle Cockett said in a press release. “He is well respected as a teacher and researcher in the college, as well as around the world. Jagath has done a tremendous job of overseeing the College of Engineering over the past two years, and am I certain that he will continue to help move it forward in the future, increasing its already strong standing nationally and internationally.”

Kaluarachci initially joined the engineering faculty at USU in 1991. He has also served as the associate dean from 2007-12, as senior associate dean from 2012-16 and head of the Biological Engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos.

As a licensed professional engineer, Kaluarachchi has conducted many international development projects involving water management in arid regions, including: Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Sri Lanka.

“We have a great college here because we have outstanding faculty members who are doing really great work in research, academic and outreach activities,” Kaluarachchi said in a press release. “And we also have remarkable students who always do really well in regional and national competitions, and a very good supporting staff. But something else we have in addition to tremendous faculty, staff and students are really good facilities. When it comes to teaching and high-end research in engineering, you’ve got to have exceptional facilities, and we have been blessed with that."

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