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Dean Peter E. Crouch, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter CrouchPeter E. Crouch joined UTA in August 2016 as dean of the nationally ranked College of Engineering and as a professor of electrical engineering.

Previously, Dean Crouch served as dean of engineering for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the former dean of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. In his long tenure as a dean, Crouch has led significant enrollment growth, established strong partnerships with businesses and workforce leaders and elevated the colleges’ national rankings. He has helped secure millions of dollars in federal support for major research centers focused on renewable energy, environmental security, space flight and flexible electronics displays among other areas of emphasis; has led expansion of engineering programs to China, India and Mexico, and enhanced online offerings for working professionals. 

A native of England, Crouch earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from Warwick University in Coventry in 1973, and his master’s degree in Control Theory from Warwick the following year. Crouch then earned his Ph.D. in applied sciences from Harvard University in 1977. After joining Arizona State University in 1984, he rose through the academic ranks before being named dean of what would become the Fulton School of Engineering in 1995. He also served as ASU’s vice provost for global engagement from 2005 to 2006.

Crouch was appointed dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2006.

In his previous roles, Crouch successfully enlisted the help and support of major corporations including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman Corp., Motorola, and others to advance excellence in engineering education. At ASU, he worked closely with university’s leaders to secure the $50 million naming gift for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and helped lead the School into the top 50 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

A strong collaborator and fundraiser, he helped attract two $5 million gifts for the Department of Bioengineering. Together with the now ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, he helped attract an $11 million gift from Motorola to enhance manufacturing research and education at ASU. At UH Mānoa, Crouch co-developed the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. CRESMET went on to attract more than $20 million federal grants. Crouch also helped lead the successful proposal development of a multi-million dollar Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence grant called the Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security.