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Vijendra (VJ) Agarwal named CSET dean

VJ Agarwal named new dean of Science, Engineering, Technology.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [6-17-11]

Vijendra (VJ) Agarwal has been named the new dean of the College of Science, Engineering, & Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato beginning July 18.

The announcement was made early this month by Anne Blackhurst, Minnesota State Mankato’s acting vice president for academic and student affairs.

Agarwal has served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse since 2005. Before that he was assistant vice president at City University of New York, and before that he taught for 10 years as professor of physics at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

As an administrator and professor Agarwal has conducted research and taught worldwide, including teaching and post-doctoral appointments in the United States, France, Japan, Italy and India.

He recently was named to India’s National Board of Accreditation to develop policies and implementation standards for technical education accreditation in India. He was an American Council on Education Fellow in 1997-1998 and an executive fellow and policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology in 1999-2000.

At UW-La Crosse, he was instrumental in developing undergraduate research as a signature practice of the university, and served on the national Council on Undergraduate Research.

His own research cuts across applied physics and electrical engineering. He has maintained affiliations with the American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a senior member of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to technological innovation and excellence.

Agarwal succeeds John Knox, who announced his resignation in January and plans to resume his research career.

“Dr. Agarwal’s many global connections and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research fit perfectly with Minnesota State Mankato’s mission and strategic goals,” Blackhurst said in announcing the appointment. “We welcome him to the university, and I thank John Knox for his service to the university.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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