Georgia Tech has announced that Steven P. French, currently the associate dean for Research and professor of City and Regional Planning, will assume the responsibilities of College of Architecture dean, beginning July 1.
French joined Georgia Tech in 1992 as director of the City Planning Program and served in that position through 1999. From 1997 through 2011, he was director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems. He was appointed associate dean for Research for the College of Architecture in July 2009.
French said that in the coming months he wants to engage College of Architecture faculty, staff, students and alumni in fashioning a vision and strategic plan for the College. He also plans to reach out to other colleges and schools on campus.
“In terms of immediate priorities, I would like to better connect the College of Architecture with other units at Georgia Tech, particularly Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and the College of Computing,” he said.
French’s teaching and research activities focus on sustainable urban development, land use planning, GIS applications and natural hazard risk assessment. Over the past 25 years, he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 70 research projects. He has participated in a number of National Science Foundation projects that deal with flood and earthquake hazards, and he was the social science thrust leader for the Mid-America Earthquake Center, an NSF Engineering Research Center.
French is also the author or co-author of more than 25 refereed journal articles and four books.
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