Dr. Christophe Pierre is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology, serving as chief academic and budget officer of the university and 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 Senate, 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 to manage the annual university-wide budget process, coordinating closely with the other vice presidents and deans and with 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 in 1982. He received his M.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University in 1985.
From 2011 to 2016, 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 was responsible for coordinating academic planning and budgeting, working closely with academic leaders on University of Illinois three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. He also held an 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 from 2005 to 2011 and as associate dean in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, where he also held various faculty and chaired professorship positions from 1985 to 2005.
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.
PROVOST RESPONSIBILITIES & AUTHORITY
- Overarching Responsibility: Align the academic initiatives to the strategic plan of the Institute.
- Under the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the second most senior officer of the Institute.
- Chief Academic Officer and the President's deputy and principal adviser on all matters affecting the educational and academic operations of the Institute.
- Responsible for the formulation and administration of Institute academic policy, in consultation with the Academic Deans and the Faculty Senate.
- Sets goals and objectives and policy for the overall academic programs of the Institute and advises, and acts as the representative of the President on academic matters affecting the faculty and students of the Institute.
- Direct oversight of undergraduate and graduate education, research, libraries, continuing education, and schools, centers and institutes on campus.
- Ensures, in coordination with all other direct reports to the President, that all functions and operations of the Institute best support its academic mission.