September 15, 2023
University of Missouri Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Latha Ramchand has announced Praveen Edara, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as interim dean for the College of Engineering, effective Sept. 18.
Edara joined Mizzou engineering in 2007 and has served as James C. Dowell Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Faculty Fellow for Research, Industrial Engagement and Entrepreneurship. He has received numerous awards and honors, including being named an MU Top Faculty Achiever in 2016.
Edara is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and a certified professional traffic operations engineer. He conducts research in the areas of traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, geometric design and traffic safety. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, state departments of transportation and local governments.
Edara follows Noah Manring, who has returned to his full-time faculty role as a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. A national search for dean will begin right away.