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George Mason University names Kenneth Ball new dean of engineering school

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Kenneth S. Ball, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been appointed dean of George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, effective Aug. 10. Ball succeeds Lloyd Griffiths, who has announced he is stepping down.

“Kenneth Ball brings an exciting background in mechanical engineering and management that will benefit not only the Volgenau School of Engineering but the university as a whole,” Mason Provost Peter Stearns said in a statement Monday.

Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Ball served as the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering No. 5 at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, he received the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award. Ball also is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a registered professional engineer. In addition, he has more than $20 million in externally sponsored funding for current and completed projects and program development in mechanical and nuclear engineering.

While at Tech, Ball hired more than 30 new faculty members and led the department through an expansion, with research expenditures increasing from about $4 million annually to about $20 million annually.

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