Christophe Pierre, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice President for academic affairs

Christophe Pierre, Ph.D. HeadshotDr. Christophe Pierre is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is the chief academic of the university and co-chairs the budget advisory committee along with the university’s CFO, vice president for finance and treasurer. He is the highest-ranking university official after the president. Responsible for all academic departments, schools, colleges and research centers, the provost ensures that Stevens maintains the culture and deploys the human and physical infrastructure necessary to achieve its mission. In consultation with academic deans and the faculty council, the provost also oversees and develops the research and entrepreneurship portfolios of the university, establishes all academic policies, oversees reviews of all academic units and leads and implements strategic planning pursuant to the university's 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create. The provost works with the chief financial officer, vice president for finance and treasurer to manage the annual university-wide budget process, working closely with the other vice presidents, deans and faculty, staff and student leadership. 

A native of France, Dr. Pierre received his Engineering Diploma in aerospace engineering from École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures de Paris. He received his M.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University.  

Previously, Dr. Pierre served as chief academic officer and the president’s deputy at the University of Illinois, a state institution serving 80,000 students. In these roles, he advised on matters of educational policy, academic programs, personnel actions and capital and operating budgets. He has been responsible for the coordination of academic planning and budgeting, working closely with academic leaders on all three University of Illinois campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. He has also held the appointment as professor of mechanical science and engineering on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Dr. Pierre served as dean of engineering at McGill University in Montreal and as associate dean for academic programs and initiatives in the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, among other roles in higher education.

Dr. Pierre is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and received ASME's N.O. Myklestad Award in 2005 for his innovative work in vibration localization.

Dr. Pierre is a leader in the fields of vibrations, structural dynamics and nonlinear dynamics. He has made seminal research contributions in numerous areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering, including the dynamics of complex large-scale structural systems, and has been recognized for his pioneering work on mode localization in disordered structures. Over the years, he has received extensive research support from General Electric, NASA, General Motors, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Army and Pratt & Whitney Canada, among other industry and government sponsors.  He has authored or co-authored more than 120 research articles for refereed journals, and licensed his vibratory response prediction software to leading jet engine manufacturers.