New CoE associate dean for research takes the helm
Sam Kiger, a former CoE civil and environmental engineering department chair and an internationally recognized expert in blast resistant structural design, is the college’s new associate dean for research.
The position has been open since former Associate Dean for Research Noah Manring stepped into an administrative position at Princeton University about a month ago. CoE Dean Jim Thompson appointed Kiger to the vacant post on May 22.
“Sam has had experience and been successful as a department chair in growing research and in increasing research partnerships within his department and between departments,” Thompson said. “He’ll bring his skills to bear at the college level.”
Kiger, a C.W. LaPierre distinguished professor and director of both the MU Center for Transportation Security and the National Center for Explosion Resistant Design, served as the college’s civil and environmental engineering department chair from 1996 to 2005. Kiger also served as West Virginia University’s civil and environmental engineering chair, and as a research team leader at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Mississippi for more than 16 years before joining academia.
Kiger plans to draw on his extensive team–leading experience to build research groups capable of tackling projects that cross traditional academic boundaries. Many of today’s burgeoning research areas—such as the life sciences—have a strong engineering component, though their focus is in other fields, he said.
“What we will do is try to increasingly reach out and partner with other colleges within the campus and across campuses to build successful research teams,” Kiger said.