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Kruger named vice provost, dean of research and graduate policy

STANFORD -- Charles Kruger, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named vice provost and dean of research and graduate policy at Stanford University.

His appointment, effective Jan. 1, was announced by Provost Gerald Lieberman.

The dean of research is the university's chief policy officer and spokesman regarding research and serves as the cognizant dean for interdisciplinary laboratories whose academic programs go beyond the scope of any one school.

A faculty member since 1962, Kruger has served as chair of the Faculty Senate and Department of Mechanical Engineering, as director of the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory and as senior associate dean of the School of Engineering.

He succeeds Robert L. Byer, professor of applied physics, as dean of research. Kruger also will have added duties related to graduate studies policy.

Byer is returning to teaching and research after five years as the university's chief policy officer on research matters.

A 1956 graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kruger received his graduate degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London in 1957 and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. in 1960.

A specialist in high-temperature gas dynamics, he conducts research in partially ionized plasmas and diamond synthesis, and teaches courses in physical gas dynamics and fluid mechanics. He is the author of more than 100 papers and co-author of two textbooks.

Besides his central role in research policy and administration, Kruger will be responsible for development of graduate studies policies that need to be handled on a universitywide basis, Lieberman said.

"There are policy issues that cannot be handled on a school-by- school basis, such as determining the size of stipends necessary for our graduate students to live in this area," he said.

Most graduate studies decisions and administration, however, will remain with the individual schools, which was part of a university decentralization and reorganization plan begun several years ago.

Lieberman thanked Kruger for accepting the responsibilities and said that he and President Gerhard Casper felt Kruger was "an ideal choice because he knows the university, the research area and the graduate area. He is also highly regarded on this campus."

Kruger said he will continue to serve as senior associate dean of the Engineering School for a transition period until a replacement is appointed. In his new position, he will be part of the provost's staff and the University Cabinet which is composed of the president, provost, deans of the seven schools, and the directors of the Hoover Institution and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.



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