Bruce Gnade, new executive director of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering recently appointed Dr. Bruce Gnade to serve as executive director of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership. Gnade will also hold courtesy appointments as a clinical professor in Lyle’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“Dr. Gnade has spent his career mentoring and motivating people to excel at the frontier of technology and to become top performers in their roles as engineers in modern society. The Lyle School is fortunate to have someone with his expertise and talents to oversee the leadership development of our students,” said Marc P. Christensen, dean of Lyle.

Dr. Gnade previously held leadership positions in industry and public service, including Texas Instruments, PixTech, Inc., and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he served as a program manager overseeing influential technology research projects for the Department of Defense. “My role demanded acute vision, the ability to clearly communicate complicated ideas, and the ability to inspire large teams of disparate performers,” said Gnade. “Developing exceptionally successful engineers to excel at the frontier of technology and become top performers for America is my goal for our students and the Hart Center.”

Gnade has authored or co-authored more than 195 refereed journal articles and holds 77 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents. His current research interest focuses on flexible electronics with applications ranging from radiation sensors to microelectronic arrays for cellular recording. Gnade is a member of the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, the Society for Information Displays, and senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

His academic career includes faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). As the Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics and Vice President of Research at UTD, he helped grow university research expenditures from $45M to $100M over a nine year period.

Dr. Gnade holds a B.A. in chemistry from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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About SMU

SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls approximately 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

About the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, through the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Management, Information, and Systems; and Mechanical Engineering. Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, providing the tools and space to work on immersion design projects and competitions to accelerate leadership development and the framework for innovation; the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, helping students develop nontechnical skills to prepare them for leadership in diverse technical fields; the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, developing new methodologies for incorporating engineering education into K-12 schools; and the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, combining technological innovation with business expertise to address global poverty.

About the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership

Dallas business and philanthropic leaders Linda and Mitch Hart provided a generous gift to fund the center in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering in October 2010. The concept for the multifaceted program emerged from growing evidence that successful, contemporary engineering leaders rely on a variety of skills that go beyond applied math and science. Traditional engineering education is a technical journey, but SMU engineering students tap creativity, adaptability and ethics to prepare for leadership in the 21st Century and the real business of engineering.