Recent Email: I am pleased to announce the appointment of Emily A. Carter as Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, effective September 1, 2019. As EVC/Provost, Dr. Carter will serve as the university’s chief academic officer, bringing broad vision and executive leadership to campuswide policy, planning, initiatives and operations.
Dr. Carter currently is dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and of applied and computational mathematics. Previously a member of the UCLA faculty for 16 years, Dr. Carter served on the chemistry faculty (1988–2004) and materials science and engineering faculty (2002–04) and helped establish UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and the California NanoSystems Institute. She joined Princeton University in 2004, and served as founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (2010–16) before assuming the deanship of the engineering school in 2016. As ACEE’s founding director, Dr. Carter curated the development of its physical infrastructure, interdisciplinary ecosystem and intellectual community. As dean, Dr. Carter leads 10 academic units comprising six departments and four interdisciplinary centers and institutes and 12 undergraduate certificate programs, in addition to overseeing the school’s undergraduate and graduate student affairs; faculty recruitment, retention and advancement; space, facilities and building services; development and alumni affairs; diversity and inclusion; communications; information technology operations; and administration, finance and planning.
In her research, Dr. Carter develops and applies quantum mechanics–based computer simulation tools to enable discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity; producing chemicals and fuels from renewable energy, carbon dioxide, air and water; and optimizing liquid metal alloys for future fusion reactor walls. A sought-after public speaker on sustainable energy issues, Dr. Carter is the author of nearly 400 publications and has delivered more than 500 invited and plenary lectures worldwide. She serves on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Carter is also the recipient of several major prizes, including the 2017 Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics from the American Physical Society and the 2018 Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech.
I want to thank search/advisory committee members for assembling an extraordinary pool of candidates and for their roles in recruiting Dr. Carter. Carole E. Goldberg, the Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law Emerita and distinguished research professor, was the committee chair. Other members were: Eric Avila – chair and professor, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and professor of history and urban planning; Roshan Bastani – professor of health policy and management, director, UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and director of disparities and community engagement, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center; Joseph Bristow – distinguished professor of English and chair, Academic Senate, 2018–19; Andrea M. Ghez – Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics and professor of physics and astronomy; Tyrone C. Howard – professor of education, Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Families and director, Black Male Institute; Tracy L. Johnson – Cecilia and Keith Terasaki Presidential Chair in the Life Sciences; Judith L. Smith – founding dean, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and emerita vice provost/dean for undergraduate education; and Roger M. Wakimoto – vice chancellor for research.
I also wish to thank Scott Waugh for his more than 12 years of exceptional leadership as executive vice chancellor and provost and for his longstanding and unwavering commitment to UCLA.
Given her UCLA roots, coupled with her academic accomplishments and administrative experience, I am confident that Dr. Carter will be an extraordinary addition to our campus leadership team, and I look forward to working with her and the campus community to advance our shared goals for UCLA. Please join me in congratulating Emily and welcoming her back to UCLA.
Gene D. Block