Dr. Darren Dawson
Dr. Darren Dawson

President

Dr. Darren Dawson is the ninth president of The University of Alabama in Huntsville joining the university on June 21, 2019.

Prior to joining UAH, Darren Dawson was Dean of Engineering at Kansas State University (2014-2019) and the Department Chair of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University (2007-2014). From 1990 to 2007, he served as a faculty member and Graduate Coordinator (2005-2007) at Clemson University. In 1990, Darren Dawson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984. From 1985 to 1987, he worked for Westinghouse as a control engineer at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.

Dr. Dawson’s research activities led to 8 books, over 500 publications, 13,000 citations, 34 Ph.D. dissertations, 53 master's theses, and $20M of funded activity as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator. His research group presented more than 300 talks at national and international conferences, universities and workshops. As an educator, Dr. Dawson has taught over 3,500 students, redesigned a senior capstone experience, and developed two online courses. His research and educational activities have been recognized with several awards including the NCR Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1992, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1994, the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994, the Centennial Professorship in 2000, the Murray Stokely Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and the Collaborative Research Award in 2007.