Andrew S. Douglas
Interim Dean, G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering
412 Wyman Park Building
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21218
Phone: 410 516 4050
Andrew S. Douglas is interim dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, serving in that role during a search for a successor to Dean Nicholas P. Jones, who became provost of the Pennsylvania State University in July 2013. He was previously interim dean in 2003 and 2004.
Douglas is a professor of mechanical engineering with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering. A native of South Africa, he earned undergraduate and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town (in 1975 and 1977) and master's and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics from Brown University (in 1979 and 1982). Douglas began his professorial career at Rice University before joining Johns Hopkins in September 1983.
Douglas has served the Whiting School as the chair of mechanical engineering (1997-1999), associate dean for academic affairs (1999-2003 and 2004-2006) and vice dean for faculty (2007-2013). He was a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in 1996 and 1997. He is a member of the board of governors of the Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany.
Douglas' research has focused on dynamic fracture of ductile metals, the mechanics of compliant materials and of soft biological tissues (including the mechanics of the left ventricle) and the constitutive behavior of compliant active materials. His insights into mechanics and bioengineering led to groundbreaking work on the kinematics of soft tissue organs such as the heart and the tongue.
Known for his commitment to students, Douglas was awarded the William Huggins Award for excellence in teaching in 1991 and the Dunn Family Award for Service to Undergraduates in May 2001.
Updated July 2013