Marisa Chrysochoou appointed dean of the MU College of Engineering 

June 05, 2024

Nationally recognized scholar brings leadership experience and success in fundraising and faculty and student recruitment. 

Marisa Chrysochoou, Incoming Dean of the MU College of Engineering

June 5, 2024 
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University of Missouri Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matthew Martens announced today that Marisa Chrysochoou has been named dean of the MU College of Engineering. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.

“Dr. Chrysochoou is an accomplished scholar with a track record of leadership and service to the profession of engineering,” Martens said. “Following a national search, the President’s and Provost’s Offices sought and received feedback from across the university, including faculty, staff, alumni, donors and others to identify Dr. Chrysochoou as the ideal candidate to lead the College of Engineering, which plays a critical role in the state’s economy and economic development and is a significant driver of the university’s research in pursuit of NextGen, MizzouForward and Center for Energy Innovation goals.”

Chrysochoou is currently professor and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut, where she also serves as the director of the Technical Assistance for Brownfields Program. She has been an elected member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Department Heads Coordinating Council since 2021. Last year she was recognized by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering and Science Education.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the University of Missouri College of Engineering,” Chrysochoou said. “I look forward to building on the success of the college in critical areas of teaching, research and impact on the state and the nation.”

Chrysochoou received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki; a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Technische Universität Dresden; and a doctorate in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

In recent years, Chrysochoou has demonstrated success in partnering with program managers, government affairs, advancement and multidisciplinary faculty teams to secure funding and support for projects that showcase the talent and facilities of her teams. She also has leveraged her leadership roles to transform engineering curricula and recruit exceptional graduate students and faculty.

This story was originally published by Show Me Mizzou.