David Puleo has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, effective August 1.
“His broad-ranging administrative, academic and technical experience, as well as his track record of research expertise, all make for a wonderful fit for our mission at UAH,” said Chuck Karr, interim president of UAH. “I believe his commitment to student, faculty and staff academic support and collaboration will positively impact the entire university community and our vision as an institution.”
Puleo currently serves as dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining UM, he served as associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky. Over the course of his career he has been a productive investigator, a mentor to students, a center director and department chair and been engaged in external fundraising and working with industry.
He earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has written more than 120 refereed journal articles, co-authored a textbook and been published in several other books and periodicals. As a researcher in the area of regenerative biomaterials, Puleo has served as an investigator on federal, state and industry grants and contracts exceeding $13 million. His research led to more than 15 intellectual property disclosures, patent applications and patents, and is associated with two start-up companies.
He is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, and International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and National Academy of Inventors.