Welcome from the Dean

KU School of Engineering Dean Arvin Agah

Message from Dean Agah

Greetings from KU Engineering.

KU Engineering is in the final stages of a time of exhilarating growth. Our student enrollment (undergraduate and graduate) is over 3,000, with 725 degrees awarded in the past year. Engineering now has 130 tenured/tenure-track faculty and occupies six buildings with total square footage of 526,000.

As this era of unprecedented growth comes to its conclusion, we are poised to transition into an exciting new phase of elevating Engineering. We will have a renewed emphasis on serving our students and enriching our existing resources — taking steps to further nurture faculty and staff to ensure the world-class team we have assembled will remain part of the KU Engineering community. We will strive to elevate the stature of KU Engineering amongst our institutional peers.

The future is bright and I look forward to serving and empowering faculty, students, and staff at the School of Engineering—to further elevate the School and raise its profile.

On behalf of all of us in the School of Engineering, welcome to KU Engineering.

Dean Agah’s Bio:

Dean Agah joined the university in 1997 and is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs from 2012 to 2018. 

Dean Agah has been a co-investigator on projects that represent more than $33 million in research funding. His research interests include applied artificial intelligence and robotics. He has received multiple honors for his teaching excellence, including two university-wide awards. He has edited three books and published over 180 refereed articles. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. students, 40 M.S. students and 44 undergraduate research students. He has been a researcher at the Bio-Robotics Division of Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan; IBM Los Angeles Scientific Center; and Xerox Research Center in Rochester, New York and El Segundo, California.

Dean Agah has taught short courses at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina; and Department of Engineering Systems at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He received his B.A. in Computer Science with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

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