Finalists announced for Dean, College of Engineering, UH Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Michele Tom, (808) 956-9396
Executive Search Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Ian Ferguson
Ian Ferguson
Karlene Hoo
Karlene Hoo
Joseph Hughes
Joseph Hughes
Brennon Morioka
Brennon Morioka
Scott Dunning
Scott Dunning


Five finalists have been identified for the position of Dean, College of Engineering. The five finalists are scheduled to participate over a two-day period of visits on the Mānoa campus. The visits include department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation.

Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.

The campus visits of the five candidates have been scheduled as follows:

Dr. Ian Ferguson, visiting October 29-30, 2018
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Department of Economics -Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(Former Founding Vice Provost and Dean of Engineering and Computing)
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Public Presentation:  Monday, October 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m./C-MORE Hale Conference Center (East-West Road)

Dr. Karlene Hoo, visiting October 31-November 1, 2018
Dean of Graduate School and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Montana State University
(Former Associate Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University)
Public Presentation:  Wednesday, October 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m./C-MORE Hale Conference Center

Dr. Joseph Hughes, visiting November 8-9, 2018
Director, A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and Environment
Co-Director of the Peace Engineering Program
Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Dean Emeritus, Drexel College of Engineering
Drexel University
Public Presentation:  Thursday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m./C-MORE Hale Conference Center

Dr. Brennon Morioka, visiting November 13-14, 2018
General Manager of Electrification of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric Company
(Former Deputy Director, HART and former Director, Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation, Highways Division)
Public Presentation:  Tuesday, November 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m./C-MORE Hale Conference Center

Dr. Scott Dunning, visiting November 15-16, 2018
Professor and Director, School of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering
(Former Assistant Dean for Outreach, College of Engineering)
University of Maine
Public Presentation:  Thursday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m./C-MORE Hale Conference Center

“The Search Advisory Committee has done an excellent job of identifying a pool of highly qualified candidates. I would like to thank the Search Advisory Committee for their time and effort in identifying these five finalists, as well as their dedication and commitment to the College of Engineering and UH Mānoa,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Bruno. “As always, we encourage UH faculty, staff, students and the public to come out and meet the candidates, and we look forward to receiving their feedback.”

For more information about the search process, including a list of the members of the search advisory committee, the campus visit daily schedule and the candidate biographies, see the search website at

For more information about the College of Engineering, please visit