Garrett becomes CIT Dean

James Garrett Jr., Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, effective since Jan. 1. Garrett succeeds Pradeep K. Khosla, who left Carnegie Mellon in August to become chancellor for the University of California, San Diego.

Garrett has been a member of the CIT faculty since 1990. He earned his undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and doctorate of civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1982, 1983, and 1986, respectively.

Before being appointed dean, Garrett was head of Carnegie Mellon’s department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as the co-director of the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (PSII). Carnegie Mellon’s press release describes the PSII as “a research center aimed at creating, applying, and evaluating applications of sensing, data analytics, and intelligent decision support for improving the construction, management, and operation of infrastructure systems.”

Prior to being department head, Garrett was associate dean of academic affairs for CIT.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected to be the next dean of CIT. The College of Engineering is thriving. I greatly look forward to engaging with the entire CIT community, and the greater university community, in discussions of existing and new education and research initiatives in CIT[....] I look forward to working together with all of you to take us to a new level of success,” Garrett said, according to the University press release.