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Accomplished teacher and researcher selected to lead MSU's graduate programs

October 24, 2013 -- MSU News Service


Karlene Hoo, a chemical engineering professor at Texas Tech University, has been named the new dean of Montana State University’s Graduate School. Photo courtesy of Karlene Hoo.   High-Res Available

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An accomplished teacher and researcher has been selected to lead Montana State University’s graduate programs.

Karlene Hoo, a chemical engineering professor at Texas Tech University, has been named the new dean of MSU’s Graduate School, university officials announced Thursday. Hoo will assume her duties at MSU on Jan. 1.  

“A strong graduate program is critical to developing MSU’s research agenda,” said MSU Provost Martha Potvin. “With a passion for creating academic environments where faculty and students can function at their creative best, recent experience at the National Science Foundation fostering innovation and interdisciplinary research, and an administrative philosophy that emphasizes the identification and achievement of successful outcomes, Dr. Hoo is an ideal choice to lead graduate education at MSU.”

Hoo has extensive experience in teaching, research and administration. She began teaching in 1994 in the University of South Carolina’s chemical engineering department before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University in 1999. She later served as associate dean of research in Texas Tech’s College of Engineering before being appointed associate vice president for research at that institution in 2006, then acting vice president for research from 2008-2009. Hoo also recently served as a National Science Foundation program director in the Engineering Directorate. 

“I am delighted to be a part of the MSU family, and I will work to continue to promote an intellectual environment that will attract and retain the most promising graduate students from across the country,” Hoo said.

Hoo has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching and research, including a Mortar Board award for teaching excellence, the Dow Outstanding New Faculty award for research excellence, and a Texas Tech Halliburton award for teaching excellence. She has also received several research awards from the National Science Foundation, including the prestigious CAREER award, and has secured research funding from the American Chemical Society, NASA and various industry partners, among other sources.

Hoo earned a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in chemical engineering. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame, respectively, and are in chemical engineering, as well.

The Graduate School at MSU offers more than 50 master’s programs and 27 doctoral options. This fall, a record 2,030 students enrolled in the university’s graduate programs.

Contact: Tracy Ellig, MSU University Communications, (406) 994-5607 or tellig@montana.edu