UC Merced said it appointed Mark Matsumoto to the position of interim dean of the School of Engineering, effective April 1.
Matsumoto is professor of environmental engineering and associate dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. His UC Merced appointment will be for one year, during which time he'll take a leave of absence from his UC Riverside duties. UC Merced's search for a permanent dean is under way, and an appointment is expected later this year, the university said in a news release.
Matsumoto joined the faculty of UC Riverside as professor of environmental engineering in 1994, following 11 years as a professor or program director in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the State University of New York in Buffalo.
In his new position, Matsumoto replaces Thomas Harmon, who served as acting dean for three months after the resignation in December 2009 of Jeff Wright, founding dean of the UC Merced School of Engineering. Harmon, one of UC Merced's founding faculty members, returns to his position as professor of engineering.
Matsumoto holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UC Irvine and master's and Ph.D degrees in civil engineering from UC Davis. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation.
Matsumoto will be paid an annual salary of $201,160. The amount of compensation will be prorated according to the number of months served in the position of interim dean. According to university policy, he also will be eligible for continued regular UC benefits and for reimbursement of travel expenses.