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Gül E. Kremer named to lead University of Dayton School of Engineering

By University of Dayton News

Gül E. Kremer, a distinguished researcher, teacher and skilled university administrator, has been named the new dean for the University of Dayton School of Engineering, starting Aug. 1. 

Kremer, Wilkinson Professor in Interdisciplinary Engineering in the Iowa State University Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and senior director of presidential projects in the Office of the President, brings an extensive track record in collaborative sponsored research, engineering program development, advancing diversity and inclusion, and fundraising. 

Paul Benson, University of Dayton provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, said Kremer emerged as the top candidate in a highly competitive national search process that attracted many talented academic engineering leaders and innovators.  

"We found in Dr. Kremer's candidacy an abiding dedication to students' holistic education and success, deep passion for first-rate, interdisciplinary research and innovation, and a robust commitment to inclusive excellence and equity in university life," Benson said.  

"I have found her to be an especially thoughtful, bright and insightful person, motivated by values that naturally resonate with UD's mission and strategic vision. Her colleagues attest that she is an extremely hard worker, a ready collaborator and a highly effective team builder. I have great enthusiasm for the experience and aspiration she will bring to our School of Engineering, which is already rich in talent and expertise."

In her current position, Kremer reports directly to the president of Iowa State, and oversees a $52 million engineering building project. While chair of the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department, she led successful efforts to increase research productivity and industrial support, and raised more than $42 million for the new building, professorships and student scholarships. 

In previous positions, she was a program director/officer for the National Science Foundation, served as a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, held faculty positions at the Pennsylvania State University and Gebze Technical University in Turkey, and was appointed as a National Research Council-US AFRL Summer Faculty Fellow in the Human Effectiveness Directorate. 

"My conversations and interactions with members of the University of Dayton community have left me with a very good impression of UD," Kremer said. "I am honored by UD’s selection of me to become a part of the UD leadership team. I look forward to working to move the School of Engineering to new heights in all facets of its mission through a collective vision and collaborative spirit."  

Kremer earned a doctorate in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla); master's and bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a master’s in business, specializing in production management, from Istanbul University. 

Her research accomplishments focus on applied decision sciences and operations research for product and design systems, and other research interests include sustainability, system complexity, design creativity, and engineering education.

As dean, Kremer will oversee more than 1,900 undergraduate and 576 graduate students, programs that offer nine undergraduate majors in engineering and engineering technology, 14 master's level programs and five Ph.D. programs. The school includes six departments: chemical and materials engineering; civil and environmental engineering and engineering mechanics; electrical and computer engineering; electro-optics and photonics; engineering management, systems, and technology; and mechanical and aerospace engineering. The School of Engineering is tied for first place nationally for graduate engineering at Catholic universities in the most recent US News & World Report rankings.

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