Nan Ellin named dean of the College of Architecture and Planning and Martin Dunn as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science

University Communications

The University of Colorado Denver announced today the appointment of Nan Ellin, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Architecture and Planning and Martin Dunn, Ph.D.,  as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Ellin and Dunn were both hired after national searches.

Ellin succeeds Mark Gelernter, who is retiring after 30 years at the University of Colorado, 14 of them as dean of the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP). She will begin in this role in July.

Dunn will succeed Marc Ingber who is stepping down after serving as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) for seven years and taking a faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dunn will assume the dean position in January 2018.

“I am delighted to announce the appointments of Dr. Ellin and Dr. Dunn and know they will be great leaders at CU Denver,” said David Engelke, acting provost and dean of the Graduate School. “I am confident that Dr. Ellin will build upon CAP’s strong foundation to advance the college as a laboratory for innovative planning and urban design and that Dr. Dunn will bring a new viewpoint to CEAS that directs academic scholarship toward creating and translating knowledge that broadly impacts both academia and industry.”

Dr. Nan Ellin to lead the College of Architecture and Planning

Ellin comes to CU Denver from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she was founding dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs. At UT Arlington she oversaw unification of two schools into one college, a major building renovation, and the official launch of the new college in October 2015. The Institute of Urban Studies, of which Ellin is executive director, was awarded over $2 million in sponsored research over the last two years.

“From the heart of downtown Denver, the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver has been at the forefront of creating vital and vibrant places where all can thrive,” said Ellin. “I look forward to building upon this strong foundation and becoming part of the dynamic University of Colorado and Denver communities.”

Prior to her work at UT Arlington, Dr. Ellin was a professor and chair of the Department of Planning at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning. Ellin’s research, creative work, teaching, community engagement, and administrative activities aim to transform contemporary challenges into opportunities for promoting urban, environmental, community, and institutional health.

Dr. Martin Dunn takes over as dean of College of Engineering and Applied Science

Dunn joins CEAS at CU Denver from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) where he is currently the associate provost for research.  In this role he designs, builds and manages the research and innovation enterprise for the university. He also directs the SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Research Centre.

Previously, Dunn has worked for the Boeing Company, Sandia National Laboratories and the National Science Foundation.  He also has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“The significance of universities – and in particular engineering colleges – has never been greater,” said Dunn. “At CU Denver I will champion experiential technical learning with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial and global perspectives, holistically integrated with the development of human and social skills like creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking.  The CU Denver engineering experience will be continually contemporary and allow our students to differentiate themselves and stand out in the market.”

With his extensive background in academia, government and industry, Dunn will bring a rich perspective to CEAS. He will champion contemporary experiential learning with emphasis on entrepreneurial and global perspectives. He aims to support scholarship and partnerships that create and translate knowledge to have an impact both locally and internationally.

Stephen Gedney, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, will lead the college from July 1 until January 2018 when Dunn will begin his tenure as dean.