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 Matthew O’Donnell is new dean of the University of Washington College of Engineering and first holder of the Frank and Julie Jungers Endowed Deanship in Engineering.

In 1980, O’Donnell moved to the private sector as a research and development physicist for General Electric. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1990 as a professor of computer science and electrical engineering and in 1999, he became chair of Michigan’s Biomedical Engineering Department.

He holds 50 patents and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications. His research prowess is balanced with talent in the classroom — he won several engineering teaching awards at Michigan.