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David named acting associate dean for research

By Austin Phillips

Published: Jun 1, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Allan David Allan David

Allan David has been named as the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s acting associate dean for research.

David, the John W. Brown associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, assumes the position effective immediately. David will serve in this capacity until a new dean is named. Steve Taylor, the former associate dean for research, is currently serving as interim dean following former dean Chris Roberts’ move to become Auburn’s 21st president.

“Dr. David brings a fresh perspective to the role, along with a breadth of knowledge across many disciplines,” Taylor said. “As a talented researcher, teacher, entrepreneur and scholar, he has a wealth of experience and will build on our research enterprise and creative partnerships with academia, industry and government sponsors.”

As acting associate dean for research, David will assist with the college’s strategic planning, budget development, facilities oversight and administration. In collaboration with Interim Dean Taylor, David will promote a vibrant research culture by working with department chairs, institute directors and center directors to improve each of their teams’ contribution to the mission of research and scholarship. He will also provide leadership to ensure that processes function effectively for submission of proposals to external sponsors while mentoring, assisting and reviewing proposal development and assisting with technology commercialization activities. Additionally, David will develop and manage research related policies, research centers and transdisciplinary research within the college, across campus and into industry. He will also play an integral part in developing and implementing the college’s research programs at the new Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville.

David joined the Auburn faculty in 2012, and in 2018 he co-founded Nanoxort — a company that engineers novel contrast agents to equip physicians with the tools to make more accurate disease diagnoses and provide patients with more personalized, effective treatments.

Prior to moving to Auburn, David served as a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He also served as a technical manager at the Industrial Science and Technology Network and as a thermal systems engineer for Dynatherm Corp.

David earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1997 and 2004, respectively.

“It is truly an honor to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with our faculty and Dr. Taylor to help continue the amazing momentum he’s built around the cutting-edge research being conducted within the college,” David said.

Media Contact: Austin Phillips, austinp@auburn.edu, 334-844-2444

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