Dr. David Zeng

Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Faculty Affairs

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Dr. David Zeng, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Faculty Affairs

Dr. David Zeng, a recognized innovator in civil engineering, joined Stevens Institute of Technology in the newly created position of Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Faculty Affairs, effective August 5, 2019. 

Dr. Zeng, an accomplished administrator at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, had been the Frank H. Neff Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Case Western. He also served as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering since and has earned numerous academic honors.

Dr. Zeng directed Case Western’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program and he has demonstrated a strong commitment to international collaboration, education and development, serving as the Provost’s Faculty Fellow in International Affairs since 2017. He also served as the director of the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Great Lakes Center for Innovation at Case Western since 2013. 

As civil engineering department chair, Dr. Zeng more than doubled the department’s undergraduate and graduate enrollments. He raised millions of dollars from alumni to build the department’s endowment and he secured donations to construct two important research laboratories. Also under his leadership, the department increased the percentage of women on its faculty from zero to 33. 

As a researcher, Dr. Zeng is an internationally renowned expert on soil mechanics and dynamics, among other fields. He has been the leading soil mechanics expert for NASA’s in-situ resource utilization and vehicle mobility projects, which are part of the agency’s lunar and Mars exploration program.

Dr. Zeng had been a full-time faculty member at Case Western since 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Cambridge University in 1991; his Master of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, also from Cambridge, in 1987; and his Bachelor of Science in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University in China in 1985.