Associate Deans

Sue Ann Bidstrup Allen, PhD

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

The Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship manages the reappointment, promotion, tenure, peer review and selection processes for all faculty and researchers within the College of Engineering. In addition Dr. Bidstrup-Allen leads faculty development initiatives and assists with the management of faculty hiring strategies and inclusion programs. 

Dr. Bidstriup-Allen's main research focus is in the area of new materials and processes for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and for advanced interconnects for integrated circuits. Before joining the Dean's office she was a professor and associate chair for strategic initiatives in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Allen served as executive assistant in the Office of the President at Georgia Tech working with the Alumni Association, the Faculty Senate, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. She is a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Engineering Education. Bidstrup Allen is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the DuPont Young Faculty Award, the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Sharon Keillor Award and the 2008 Council of Chemical Research Diversity Award.


Phone: 404-894-2872


Stephen P. DeWeerth , PhD

Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. Computation and Neural Systems, Califorinia Institute of Technology

The Associate Dean for Research & Innovation focuses on enabling engineering faculty members to develop and sustain excellence in scholarship and research, as well as to create an environment in which innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service are fundamental characteristics of CoE graduates. Dr. DeWeerth will coordinate and prioritize a research agenda for the College of Engineering and its stakeholders as well as act as a focal point to establish and maintain CoE leadership in research commercialization.

Dr. DeWeerth is professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory University and in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.  From 2010 until his appointment as associate dean, he was professor and founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research in Abu Dhabi. His research focuses on neuroengineering, particularly real-time modeling of sensorimotor systems and the development of neural interfacing technology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 

Phone: 404-385-1211

Laurence Jacobs, Associate Dean for Academic AffairsLaurence (Larry) J. Jacobs, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University

As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jacobs serves as the primary representative of the Dean’s office on all matters affecting undergraduate and graduate academics.  He is also responsible for developing programs related to innovation in undergraduate education, managing a range of assessment programs, and interacting with school chairs on matters of academic program.

Dr. Larry Jacobs joined Georgia Tech in 1988 after receiving a Grumman Aerospace Masters Fellowship in 1980, which allowed him to complete his studies for the M.S. degree in 1981, and worked for one year as an Office of Naval Technology Postdoctoral Fellow prior to coming to Georgia Tech in 1988.  He worked for two years in the aerospace industry and for one year as a structural engineer.  He served as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs for the School of Civil Engineering at Tech from 1995-2007. He received a joint appointment with the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering in 2003.  Dr. Jacobs research is centered on wave propagation in solids, emphasizing guided waves, nonlinear ultrasonic waves and characterization of heterogeneous materials. 

Phone: 404-894-2344

John Leonard, Associate Dean for Finance and AdministrationJohn D. Leonard II, PhD

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. Engineering, University of California Irvine

Dr. Leonard’s primary responsibility as the Associate dean of Finance and Administration is to act as the Dean’s Office representative on all matters related to finances, facilities, and other resources. He is also responsible for budget allocation for the schools within the College of Engineering as well as strategic planning surrounding faculty hiring. 

Prior to this appointment, Dr. John Leonard served as Associate Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. From March 2002 to July 2004, Leonard served in various senior management roles within the State Road and Tollway Authority of Georgia. In February 2003, he was appointed Executive Director (Interim) by Governor Sonny Perdue. During his tenure at the Tollway Authority, Leonard oversaw day-to-day operations, human resource management, financial management, process management, information systems, and strategic planning.Through his leadership, SRTA infused continuous quality improvement and business process engineering concepts into ongoing SRTA programs and processes.  Dr. Leonard's research delves into technology policy in transportation, intelligent transportation Systems, traffic operations and planning, traffic engineering and design, transportation safety, and traffic modeling and simulation.

Phone: 404-894-3482