(Davis, Robert H - 2017) -- Robert L. Stearns Award
From 2002 to June 2017, Robert Davis was dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He holds the Tisone Endowed Chair and has been on the CU Boulder faculty for 33 years. As dean, Davis was instrumental in launching programs that have increased quality and diversity, including the Broadening Opportunities through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center, the Engineering Honors Program, the Engineering Leadership Program and three Residential Academic Programs (RAPs). Davis also championed the creation of eight undergraduate and graduate degree programs and worked to have the ATLAS Institute join the college. His launch of the strategic plan Engineering 2020 has the college on a path to be ranked among the top 20 U.S. engineering programs. The national reputation of the college’s research also advanced under his tenure. Professor Davis’s research and teaching interests are in biotechnology, complex fluids and membrane separations, with more than 200 reviewed publications in these fields, plus six publications on teaching and mentoring. He has supervised over 60 graduate students, 12 postdoctoral associates and 150 undergraduate students on related research projects.