Michael L. Klein, a Fellow of the Royal Society, will conclude his service as dean of the College of Science and Technology on September 30, 2023. An internationally renowned scientist, Klein will return to CST faculty, where he will continue to pursue his research and teaching interests. He will continue to run a vigorous collaborative research program as director of both the Institute for Computational Molecular Science and the Temple Materials Institute. He was named a Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science in 2009.
Ten years ago, Klein took on the position of dean at a key time. Temple University was in the process of expanding its research enterprise, and Klein and CST faculty played a pivotal role in elevating the university to the top tier of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. A commitment to research, specifically collaborative interdisciplinary research, has always been at the core of Klein's academic career. His comprehensive studies of solids, liquids and assemblies of macromolecules have led to methodologies/algorithms that are used by computational scientists worldwide. He plans to continue this groundbreaking research in the years to come.
Prior to coming to Temple, Klein spent 22 years on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter from 1993 to 2009.
Miguel Mostafá, beginning October 1, will lead the college into a new era of excellence and innovation. With 17 years of distinguished service as a faculty member at three R1 universities in the U.S. and seven years at two national laboratories, Mostafá’s academic journey is marked by exceptional achievements in research, teaching and leadership. Most recently serving as the associate dean for research and innovation at the Eberly College of Science at the Pennsylvania State University, he is dedicated to advancing science and fostering a culture of excellence at Temple.
In the next issue of Outlook, CST's alumni magazine, we will take a look at the extraordinary impact of Dean Klein on CST's teaching, research and community outreach.
Thank you, Dean Klein, for your leadership; for your support of students, faculty and staff; and your advocacy for the importance of science in taking on the world's toughest challenges.