Gerecht announced as new Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure

August 31, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Sharon Gerecht, the Paul M. Gross Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has accepted the position of Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure at the Pratt School of Engineering. Her appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2022.

Sharon is an internationally celebrated leader in the biomedical engineering field known for her pioneering work in tissue repair and regeneration based on vascular stem cell biology. 

While her phenomenal record of high-impact research alone qualifies her for the position, I invited Sharon to serve as our next Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure based on her bold vision for elevating our research programs through strategic investment in novel research initiatives. I am certain our school will be transformed under her leadership.

Sharon succeeds Claudia Gunsch, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, who has energetically served as Associate Dean since January 2021. Claudia leaves to take up the directorship of our new National Science Foundation-supported Engineering Research Center.

She leaves the position with an impressive set of accomplishments including overseeing increases in our research programs, enthusiastically assisting faculty in securing cost share for proposals, and completing a highly detailed space audit of all of Pratt’s buildings this past summer.

I would like to personally thank Claudia for her contribution of outstanding leadership to the school. We are all so very excited to see the impact of the work Claudia will produce with her colleagues at PreMiEr.  

Duke Engineering is indeed fortunate to have Sharon and Claudia—leaders of high caliber, dedicated to advancing engineering for the benefit of society. I am so incredibly grateful to them for their commitment to Pratt and to Duke.  

Please join me in congratulating Sharon and Claudia on their new roles!

Jerome P. Lynch, PhD, F.EMI
Vinik Dean of Engineering

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