COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Provost Latha Ramchand today announced that Noah Manring, the Glen Barton Professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been named the Interim Dean of the MU College of Engineering. He will begin interim dean duties immediately and join outgoing Dean Elizabeth Loboa in decision making to provide for a smooth leadership transition.
“Over 23 years at MU, Dr. Manring has actively pursued his passion for engineering research and education at the College of Engineering, and he has been a crucial part of distinguishing the college on a national stage,” said Ramchand, who is also executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “I’m confident he will be a strong steward of the college during this unprecedented period as the national search for a dean continues.”
Manring has worked closely during his tenure with Loboa, who led the college since 2015. He will assume all duties of the role as of May 1, which include leadership, advocacy for research and education, and continued excellence and growth in research, education and campus diversity. Manring will serve in the role until a dean is appointed.
“I’m excited to serve the College of Engineering in a new way, while bringing the same spirit of collaboration and love for engineering that I’ve felt here over the course of my career,” Manring said. “Dr. Loboa leaves big shoes to fill, and as I wish her the best in her future endeavors, I’m thankful for what she has given to the college during her tenure.”
Founded in 1859, the MU College of Engineering includes 10 undergraduate degree programs, a 29.2 average freshman ACT score and an award-winning inclusivity center. The college includes a variety of research centers, programs and facilities that contribute to MU’s overall annual research and development spending, and MU is one of just 10 universities nationwide with engineering, medical and veterinary medical colleges.
Manring previously served as chair of the former Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and on two separate occasions served as the college’s associate dean of research. He also served as associate dean for administration at Princeton University, and as a program manager at Caterpillar’s Technical Center in Mossville, Illinois. He holds 10 U.S. patents for innovations in the field of fluid power.
Manring received bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Michigan State University, a master’s from the Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctoral degree from Iowa State University.