Renowned Scientist David Srolovitz Named Dean of Yeshiva College

Nov 8, 2005 — David J. Srolovitz, PhD, professor and chair of Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been appointed the tenth dean of Yeshiva College, effective June 1, 2006.

Dr. Srolovitz is president of the Society for Engineering Science, editor of a scientific journal and four books, author of six government reports and hundreds of scholarly articles, holder of two patents, and a recipient of honors from dozens of professional organizations. He holds his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

His research has been sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Office of Naval Research.

“Dr. Srolovitz will play an integral role in leading Yeshiva College’s efforts to fortify its position as a major college with first-rate academics,” said President Richard M. Joel. “With his stellar academic record and commitment to Jewish life, he exemplifies the twin pillars of Torah Umadda.”

Dr. Srolovitz and his family are involved in their local Jewish community in Highland Park, NJ. His son, Aron, is a second-year semikhah student at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and the coordinator of programming for the Eimatai Yeshiva High School Leadership Project. His wife, Caren, serves on the board of directors of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park, NJ, and teaches at Bruriah High School for Girls in Elizabeth, NJ.

Explaining his shift from research to a position of leadership, Dr. Srolovitz said he was drawn by “the opportunity to build an expanded, academically-focused institution into one of the strongest colleges in the United States.”

“I intend to be a hands-on dean,” he said. “This means having an ongoing relationship with the students, faculty, and scholars who lead the undergraduate Jewish Studies programs. I want to be involved in every aspect of the YU experience that touches the lives of YC students.”

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