Keith Bowman ('87) appointed Dean of UMBC COEIT

Keith Bowman ('87)  appointed Dean of UMBC COEIT

Keith Bowman '87

MSE alum and External Advisory Board (EAB) member Dr. Keith Bowman (PHD ’87) has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Previously Bowman served as dean of the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE) at San Francisco State University (SF State) for two years, following his leadership as chair of the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for nearly four years, and nearly five years leading the Purdue School of Materials Engineering as interim head and head. He was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2000. Awards at Purdue include receiving the MSE Best Teaching Award in 1992 and 1995 and Purdue’s highest teaching award, the Charles Murphy Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. In 2007, he received the Purdue College of Engineering Mentoring Award and became a professor of Engineering Education (by courtesy). In 2012 he was invested as the first Duchossois Leadership Professor in the IIT Armour College of Engineering. In addition to materials science research on mechanical and electrical properties of composites, metals, and ceramics, he has worked on assessment approaches for engineering education and studied trends for gender, racial, and ethnic diversity across engineering disciplines. Bowman has over 180 publications.

In 2016, Bowman joined MSE’s External Advisory Board. The mission of EAB, which meets annually in the fall, is to enhance MSE department’s position as a premier research and higher education program by advising the MSE Chair on matters such as strategic planning, curriculum feedback, alumni engagement, talent acquisition and retention, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering.