Tompkins named Interim Dean of Engineering

Loren Crabtree, Vice-President and Provost of the University of Tennessee, announced on December 11, 2001, that Dr. Fred Tompkins has been named as interim dean of the UT College of Engineering. Dr. Tompkins will be replacing Dr. Jerry Stoneking, who died on November 16.

Dr. Tompkins has served as Associate Dean of Engineering since 1994. He joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee in 1974 as an Assistant Professor in what was then the Department of Agricultural Engineering. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1984 and was later named W. S. Overton Distinguished Professor.

In 1991, Tompkins was appointed Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and served as Head until his appointment as Associate Dean of Engineering.

Most of Tompkins' research and scholarly writing has been in the areas of machine design and equipment performance enhancement, especially as related to off-road vehicles and field-going implements. He is author or co-author of approximately 150 journal articles, archived papers, conference proceedings and technical reports.

During his career at UT, Tompkins has received five college or university-wide awards for excellence in teaching. Among these are the Allen and Hoshall Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Engineering and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Tompkins, a professor of biosystems engineering, is a registered professional engineer licensed in Tennessee. He is active nationally in several professional societies including the American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. His degrees (B.S. in 1971 and Ph.D. in 1974) were conferred by the University of Tennessee.

A national search will be launched in early January to seek a permanent Dean.

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