Navratil Appointed Interim Dean of SEAS
Prof. Navratil joined the Columbia faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. One year later, he helped establish what is now the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, where he served as department chair more than 10 years, from 1988 to 1994 and from 1997 to 2000. He served as acting vice dean in 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Wisconsin. In 1989, he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society.
President Lee Bollinger and Provost Alan Brinkley will organize a search committee in September, with the goal of announcing a new permanent dean for SEAS during the spring 2008 semester.