The IEP Welcomes New Dean of the College of Engineering

Photo courtesy of URI’s College of Engineering

Dean Anthony Marchese began his tenure as dean of the College of Engineering at URI in January 2022 following the retirement of Dean Raymond Wright.

As dean, Marchese is charged with providing direction, advocacy and oversight for the College, faculty, students and staff; promoting the academic, research and community service missions of the College and the University; building partnerships with national and international academic and research institutions, business and industry, federal state and local government, alumni and other constituencies; collaborating with other programs across the University; and enhancing the overall reputation of the University of Rhode Island and the College of Engineering. During his first months at URI, Marchese has already proven himself to be a strong supporter of the International Engineering Program, and we are excited to see how his leadership will help shape the future of our program.

As part of Marchese’s goal to spread the word to all of the College’s constituents about the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff and what the College of Engineering at URI has to offer to stakeholders, one of the tactics that has been employed this semester is an advertising campaign in ASEE First Bell. This is a daily electronic newsletter with a circulation of 36,000 recipients including engineering educators, and others. Over the next several months, his office will be running advertisements in First Bell that will feature information about our faculty and students, facilities, programs and more. The advertisements are clickable and take the interested reader to a landing page on the College’s website that provides more detailed information about the content of the advertisement. The IEP, for example, was featured in one of the more recent editions of First Bell.

Dean Anthony Marchese came to URI from Colorado State University, where he served as associate dean for academic and student affairs. A Mount Olive, New Jersey native, Marchese arrived at CSU in 2008 as an associate professor of mechanical engineering before being promoted to full professor. In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, he was the director of the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and founded and directed the Advanced Biofuels Combustion Laboratory, focusing on development of bio-derived, drop-in replacements for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Marchese also served as associate department head for graduate studies, overseeing the program in mechanical engineering. He was named
associate dean in 2016.

Marchese is an expert in internal combustion engines, biofuels and methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and his work has been broadly disseminated in over 350 journal, conference and invited presentations. Results from his work on methane emissions have been published in Science, Nature Communications and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have informed state and national policy makers on greenhouse gas emission regulations. Since 2019, he has served as the chair of the U.S. Sections of The Combustion Institute. He is also a dedicated engineering educator and recipient of numerous honors and awards for his excellence in teaching, including the American Society for Engineering Education Kauffman Award for Technology Entrepreneurship. In 2001, he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Prior to CSU, Marchese taught at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he created the Rowan Undergraduate Venture Capital Fund for rapid development of student inventions. While teaching, he also became the first executive director of the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, overseeing its development and managing all day-to-day operations.

Marchese holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.