Patricia A. Maurice, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed associate dean for research within the College of Engineering, effective, Jan. 1, 2009.
Although she will continue to teach and conduct research, Maurice’s primary responsibilities will be to identify strategic issues and directions in research while promoting graduate programs to increase their national visibility. She also will coordinate existing external partnerships and assist faculty in the college in the development of new industry and government relationships and the expansion of funding opportunities for multidisciplinary projects.
A Notre Dame faculty member since 2000, Maurice studies microbial, trace metal and organic interactions with mineral surfaces from the atomic scale up to the scale of entire watersheds, such as the Lake Erie basin or portions of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. She also examines how extreme climates affect ecosystems. Her research encompasses the hydrology and biochemistry of freshwater wetlands and mineral-water interactions, the remediation of metal contamination and global climate changes.
Most recently, Maurice served as director for the University’s Center for Environmental Science and Technology. The author of the forthcoming book"Environmental Surfaces and Interfaces from the Nanoscale to the Global Scale,"she also is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Geochemical Society, Mineralogical Society of America, Clay Minerals Society, and American Chemical Society.
Maurice follows Peter M. Kogge, Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, who had served as associate dean for research since 2001. An expert in advanced computer architectures, author of two books and holder of 20 patents, Kogge is an IBM fellow as well as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was graduated from Notre Dame in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.