Dr. Donald Brenner, Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor in MSE, had served as interim head since fall 2017. He succeeds Dr. Justin Schwartz, who left NC State to become dean of engineering at Penn State University.
Brenner joined the NC State faculty in 1994 as an associate professor in MSE after holding a position as a research chemist in the Theoretical Chemistry section of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.
Dr. Gregg Rothermel is joining NC State from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Nov. 1. He will succeed Dr. Mladen Vouk, who left his position as department head to serve as associate vice chancellor for research development and research administration. Dr. Laurie Williams has served as interim head of the department for the last two years.
Rothermel has most recently served as a professor and Jensen Chair of Software Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He is a co-founder of the ESQuaReD (Empirically-Based Software Quality Research and Development) Laboratory and the EUSES (End-Users Shaping Effective Software) Consortium, a group of researchers who, with National Science Foundation support, have led end-user software engineering research.