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Godfrey Mungal Appointed Dean of Engineering

M. Godfrey Mungal
M. Godfrey Mungal



M. Godfrey Mungal, a self-described “teacher who does research,” has been appointed dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering. He began his new duties in September.

An associate dean at Stanford University and professor of mechanical engineering for the past 22 years, Mungal’s teaching and research has focused primarily on the area of thermosciences. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 papers and has won several teaching and advising awards, including Stanford’s Tau Beta Pi award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Mungal also served as director of the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory at Stanford and coordinated the ABET accreditation process as associate chair for student services.

Born in Trinidad, the new dean earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics from California Institute of Technology and is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

According to SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., “Dr. Mungal has a strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, recruitment and retention issues in education, and he is particularly interested in the role of engineering in advancing the cause of under-represented and first-generation students.”

As dean, Mungal will seek ways to promote the University’s goals of increasing enrollment in the undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, and forming partnerships within the Silicon Valley community to enrich the curricula. He is experienced in fundraising, budgeting and generating resources, having raised and managed more than $7 million in government and industrial funding to support his research at Stanford.

Although the job is new, Mungal is already quite familiar with what it means to be a Bronco. One of his daughters is a 2004 alumna; the other is an SCU sophomore.