Marian University has named Dr. Binh Tran founding dean of the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering. The university says Dr. Tran is nationally recognized for his research in telehealth and telemedicine, health information technologies, and biomedical instrumentation.
Tran is expected to begin his new role on June 1.
“I am thrilled to join Marian University as the founding dean of the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering,” said Tran. “Marian has a long history of developing skilled and ethical leaders. The new Witchger School will offer high caliber engineering educational programs to students in Indiana, the region, and attract national and international students. I am thankful to President Elsener, Provost Silva, Dr. Enneking and the search committee, and especially, the Witchger family for this opportunity to lead the new engineering school. I am extremely excited to get started.”
In the role, Marian says Tran will be responsible for hiring “outstanding faculty capable of creating programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering that are ensconced in the strong liberal arts curriculum of Marian University.”
“We are extremely fortunate to welcome Dr. Tran and his family to the Marian University community and Indianapolis,” Daniel Elsener, president of Marian University, said. “His vast experience in engineering education and leadership are qualities that made him the ideal candidate to lead this bold vision to build another outstanding engineering school in Indiana. His commitment to Catholic higher education, academic excellence and his exhilarating energy, align with our vision to lead the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering as a front runner in attracting diverse and talented students, and graduating transformational leaders for service to others.”
Tran is also the director of the HomeCare and Telerehabilitation Technology center. He most recently served as associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The university says the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering will open to its first class of students in fall 2022. The school is expected to offer degrees in in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering.