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About Gregory Washington

February 24, 2020

About Dr. Gregory Washington


  • An accomplished researcher who specializes in dynamic systems, with an emphasis in the modeling and control of smart material structures and systems.

  • Internationally known for his research on ultra-lightweight structurally active antenna systems and other structures that involve the use of “smart materials.” 

  • Involved in the design and control of mechanically actuated antennas, advanced control of machine tools, the design and control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and structural position and vibration control with smart materials.
  • Author of more than 150 technical publications in journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings.
  • Member of the National Science Foundation Engineering Advisory Committee, the OCTANE Board of Directors, and the California Network for Manufacturing Innovation Board of Directors. He is also past chair of the American Society for Engineering Education – Engineering Deans Council. Previous member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

At Ohio State University:

  • Led the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at Ohio State University, where he was Interim Dean of the College of Engineering
  • Established the Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity and hired the most diverse faculty cohort in the history of the college: 8 of 11 faculty members hired in 2009 were women and underrepresented minorities.
  • Undertook a comprehensive assessment of undergraduate student recruitment processes and  developed strategies and best practices for significantly enhancing the number, quality and diversity of undergraduate engineering students, yielding an increase in freshman enrollments of over 35% in 2009 with simultaneous increases in ACT scores, the largest increase in enrollment in history.    


At University of California-Irvine:

  • First African-American person to be made dean of an engineering school in the University of California system.
  • Launched a new graduate program in Engineering Management in collaboration with the Paul Merage School of Business, and is leading the development of the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity to advance next generation advanced mobility systems with an $8.5 million gift from Horiba, one of the top 25 analytical and life sciences instrumentation companies in the world.
  • Hired more than 60 new faculty at UCI Engineering and expanded undergraduate enrollment by 1,100 students and graduate enrollment by more than 200 in seven years.
  • Hired the most diverse faculty cohort of in the history of the School.  Since 2011, 29 out of the 62 faculty members hired were women (20) and underrepresented minorities (9).
  • Launched a freshman experiential learning initiative that has led to more than 60 percent of UCI undergraduate engineering students conducting research. 
  • Established OC STEM, one of the nation’s first STEM ecosystems, in Orange County, which impacts more than 2,500 students per year and more than 250 K-12 teachers and administrators.
  • Established a citywide effort to help community college students transfer to four-year institutions.