University of Iowa

New Office of the Provost position to focus on large-scale project development across interdisciplinary teams

To: 
Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
From: 
P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost
Date: 
July 12, 2016
Subject: 
New Office of the Provost position to focus on large-scale project development across interdisciplinary teams

I am pleased to announce that Karim Abdel-Malek, professor of biomedical engineering, has joined the Office of the Provost leadership team to help us work on initiatives associated with interdisciplinary team research development across campus. 

As senior associate to the executive vice president and provost, Professor Abel-Malek will work with directors of the UI Cluster initiatives, the Office of the VP for Research and Economic Development, and other academic leaders to identify areas for collaboration and potential focus areas for future faculty hiring initiatives.  He will provide leadership for efforts related to development of large-scale proposals and projects, attainment of extramural support for those projects, and establishment of partnerships with various external organizations.  The appointment was effective July 1, 2016, and will be a one-year appointment with the option to renew.

In addition to his appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Professor Abdel-Malek holds appointments in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and serves as director of the Center for Computer Aided Design.  An internationally recognized leader in the field of digital human modeling and simulation, he founded and directs the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program, which produced the digital human model SANTOS, now being used by all branches of the U.S. military and by many industry partners. The VSR team has received international attention and continues to expand into applications in sports, medicine, and manufacturing.

My colleagues in the Office of the Provost and I look forward to working with Professor Abdel-Malek—and with many of you—to accelerate strategic progress in interdisciplinary research.

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