News

Andrew Barry appointed interim dean of ENAC

Andrew Barry took over as dean of ENAC on 1 September 2018. © Alain Herzog

Andrew Barry took over as dean of ENAC on 1 September 2018. © Alain Herzog

Andrew Barry, currently the head of EPFL’s Environmental Engineering Institute, was appointed dean ad interim of ENAC effective 1 September 2018. He replaces Marilyne Andersen, who stepped down after a five-year tenure marked by a number of successful initiatives.

Professor Andrew Barry was appointed as dean ad interim of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), effective 1 September 2018. He replaces Marilyne Andersen, who stepped down after serving as dean from September 2013 to August 2018. Prof. Barry will remain the head of EPFL’s Environmental Engineering Institute, a position he took up in August 2017 and which made him eligible for the position of dean ad interim.

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Andrew Barry earned a PhD in environmental mechanics from Griffith University in 1986. He then performed postdoctoral research at Virginia Tech and the University of California, Riverside, before becoming a professor at the University of Western Australia. In 1998, he was named a full professor of environmental engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Andrew Barry joined EPFL in 2005; in 2013 he was appointed to the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

At EPFL, Andrew Barry heads the Ecological Engineering Laboratory (ECOL), which carries out research in water quality, lake hydrodynamics, field measurement systems, groundwater biogeochemical modeling and soil erosion.

Recognized internationally

He has been recognized internationally for his work: he is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and, in the UK, of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He has also been named a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Engineer.

“I am pleased to accept the role of interim dean of ENAC for two reasons. First, because of its outstanding foundation in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research as well as innovative teaching programs. Second, ENAC is well placed to meet future societal and environmental challenges, building on numerous successful initiatives of our former dean, Marilyne Andersen.”

ENAC news: "Andersen’s tenure marked by initiatives to promote interdisciplinary"

As required by EPFL policy, ENAC will soon issue a call for applications both internally and internationally to select a permanent dean.