Vincent Boudreau and Tony Liss
To the City College Community,
We are happy to announce that Professor Alexander Couzis has agreed to step in as Interim Dean of the Grove School of Engineering, effective July 1, 2020.
Alex Couzis came to CCNY in 1994 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. He rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 2004 and served as Department Chair from 2008-2013. In January of 2013, Alex went on leave from the College for five years to assume the role of Chief Technical Officer of Urban Electric Power, a NY-based clean energy company start-up that spun off from CCNY. In 2014 he was appointed CEO of UEP by its Board of Directors. Alex returned to CCNY in January of 2018, but UEP is going strong and recently turned its production to hand sanitizer to help with the coronavirus crisis.
Alex's combination of experience in academia and industry, his strategic thinking and his dedication to CCNY and the students and faculty of the Grove School will serve us well. We are grateful that he has accepted this position under the difficult conditions of the present moment. We are eager to work with him to move the Grove School forward, and know that we can count on the campus community to do the same.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dean Gilda Barabino for her thoughtful leadership of the Grove School these past nearly seven years. Dr. Barabino brought a focus on equity and inclusion to the entire campus, while also promoting the success of our students and the research of our faculty. We wish her well as she assumes the presidency of Olin College.