Browning brings experience in growth management to UTSA College of Engineering
JoAnn Browning, associate dean of administration and professor of civil engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU), has been named dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Engineering.
“Dr. Browning has great experience as a researcher and administrator, a strong commitment to student success, and, most importantly, a track record of collaboration and consensus building,” said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She is committed to expanding the college with a clear understanding of our goals of becoming a Tier One university and to further building on the college’s community and industry partnerships.”
Browning earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University and joined the faculty at KU as assistant professor in 1998, earning tenure in 2004 and promotion to professor in 2010.
As associate dean of administration at KU, Browning oversaw the School of Engineering’s faculty hiring, innovative teaching programs and the assessment of every aspect of the school’s operations. She also facilitated the plans for an $80 million building project that will provide the school with an additional 135,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space to meet the growing needs of its faculty and students.
“Joining UTSA is an incredible opportunity to take what I have learned about managing healthy growth in an engineering program and apply my knowledge so that the growth benefits UTSA’s talented and diverse student body and supports the goals of the College of Engineering,” said Browning.
In addition to exploring ways to augment student development in the college, Browning is keenly interested in creating faculty development and mentoring programs to ensure the success of the engineering faculty.
Her own research interests include structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering materials, and reinforced concrete design and analysis. She is actively involved in research to improve the durability of concrete bridge decks through studies of corrosion protection systems and low-cracking, high performance bridge decks. Her work also is aimed at improving the design and performance of concrete bridges subjected to earthquake motion. She received the American Concrete Institute’s Young Member Award for Professional Achievement in 2008 and was named an ACI Fellow in 2009.
Browning’s husband, Adolfo Matamoros, has also joined the college and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as professor and Peter Flawn Distinguished Chair.
Matamoros served as professor and associate chair for undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the KU School of Engineering. His research interests include design and behavior of reinforced concrete members, fatigue repair in structural steel bridges and earthquake engineering.
Matamoros joined the KU faculty in 1999. He earned his licentiate’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Costa Rica and both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Browning began her duties in the college on Aug. 4. She succeeds C. Mauli Agrawal, who served as dean of the college from 2005 to 2013, when he was appointed as interim vice president for research then vice president for research in 2014. Mehdi Shadaram served as interim dean of the college for the past year and has returned to his post as associate dean of engineering for student affairs and professor of electrical and computer engineering.
The UTSA College of Engineering is the major public provider of engineering education in South Texas with an enrollment exceeding 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The college seeks to provide world-class education and research opportunities to the region’s multicultural community, as well as to the nation and beyond. This includes preparing students for lifelong learning and careers in the engineering profession and research leading to innovative technologies.
For more information about the UTSA College of Engineering, visit engineering.utsa.edu.