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Jean-Pierre Barde named U. of Texas at Arlington engineering dean

University of Texas at Arlington
June 24, 2011
The University of Texas at Arlington announces today that Jean-Pierre Bardet, chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California, has been named dean of the College of Engineering.

Bardet will succeed Dean Bill Carroll, who plans to step down this fall and return to teaching computer science engineering. Bardet is expected to join the University full time by January.

“As one of the nation's fastest-growing regions, North Texas deserves a top tier research university to educate the workforce for high-tech industries. Now is the right time to build a world-class College of Engineering with vibrant research and educational programs to invigorate the economy and improve the quality of life in North Texas and beyond,” Bardet said. “I am thrilled and honored to become the new dean and to be given the opportunity to work with faculty, students, staff and alumni across the University to achieve great things.”

Bardet studied engineering at Ecole Centrale in Lyon, France, and earned his Master of Science and doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology. A member of the USC faculty member since 1983, Bardet has chaired the Civil and Engineering department for five years and has seen its enrollment double since 2006. During his tenure at USC, Bardet was instrumental in attracting major, private philanthropic support for his department and the University overall.

Bardet’s diverse professional interests include civil infrastructure systems, earthquake research, geomechanics, and synthetic horseracing surfaces.

Most recently, Bardet founded and directed USC’s Center on Megacities, a multi-disciplinary research center that capitalizes on partnerships between universities, governments and industries to promote innovation that will prepare and sustain the world’s largest cities for generations to come.
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