Enrique J. Lavernia is provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Irvine, effective July 1, 2015. He reports to Chancellor Howard Gillman.
Lavernia is former dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, and member of the National Academy of Engineering. In his new role, Lavernia will be UCI's chief academic and operating officer, assuming primary responsibility for the university's teaching and research enterprise, which includes 12 schools, nearly 3,000 faculty and 192 degree programs. He succeeds Michael Clark, who has served on an interim basis since September 2014, when former provost Gillman was appointed chancellor.
Lavernia joined UC Davis as engineering dean in 2002 with a faculty appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, where he was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2007. Lavernia also served as UC Davis' provost and executive vice chancellor for two years as the campus transitioned to a new chancellor, resuming his position as engineering dean in 2011. Prior to his arrival at Davis in 2002, Lavernia served as chair and chancellor's professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Irvine.
During his tenure as dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, it evolved into one of the nation's fastest-growing and most prestigious engineering schools. Nine members of the faculty, including Lavernia, became members of the National Academies. Research expenditures doubled, 88 professors were hired and student enrollment increased by 22 percent, with significant increases in female and Hispanic undergraduates.
Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013, Lavernia is also a fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (2014), the Materials Research Society (2013), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2006), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000), and ASM International (1998). He is recipient of the 2013 Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship and the 2013 ASM International Gold Medal Award. Named Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, Lavernia also received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. In 2011 he received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award (HEENAC) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Distinguished Scientist Award.
Lavernia has published more than 500 journal and 200 conference publications on topics ranging from nano-materials to aluminum alloys. His research interests include the synthesis and behavior of nanostructured and multi-scale materials with particular emphasis on processing fundamentals and physical behavior; thermal spray processing of nanostructured materials; spray atomization and deposition of structural materials; high temperature-high pressure atomization processes; and mathematical modeling of advanced materials and processes.
Lavernia earned a B.S. in Solid Mechanics from Brown University in 1982; an M.S. in Metallurgy in 1984; and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering in 1986, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.