Date of Issue:
September 13, 2011

Civil Engineering Dept Head
NYU Polytechnic Institute



Civil Engineering Department Head
Executive Search Consulting Search #11-02-006
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a candidate with the right background and understanding of the job to make a major contribution in advancing the development of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and the role of engineering throughout NYU and its global network university. The new Civil Engineering (CE) Department Head will work closely with the executive team and departmental colleagues at the Institute to implement the transformation of the CE department, help fulfill the Institute’s broader strategic vision, participate in enhancing the role of engineering throughout New York University and cooperate with the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) that is now under development.
The recent affiliation of Polytechnic University with New York University (NYU) is based on the premise that NYU’s advancement in science and technology is greatly augmented by Polytechnic’s rise to excellence. This has created a dynamic environment for professional growth for NYU-Poly’s faculty, student body and other key constituencies. New faculty are being hired, new research centers are being built, new infrastructure for faculty and classrooms is being acquired, and new programs are being implemented. 

1.       Transform the Department of Civil Engineering. Define the priorities, create a research agenda that meets the urban and intelligent infrastructure needs discussed above, hire new faculty and encourage existing faculty to meet these challenges, attract top students, increase research/grant funding for the Civil Engineering Department, and build linkages to key disciplines, such ECE and CSE, in NYU-Poly and NYU.
2.       Refocus the core strengths of the Department of Civil Engineering to more closely align with the Institute’s strategic vision and key initiatives, especially in the area of urban infrastructure and the future of cities. 
3.       Introduce and build the engineering and technology capacity, throughout NYU and its global network, to substantially expand NYU’s ability to conduct science and technology research and development.
4.       Play a key role helping NYU-Poly and NYU become a top-ranked leader (globally) in urban systems.
5.       Take an active role in the development of the Center for Urban Science and Progress now under development under NYU's leadership, in close partnership with other universities and industries. The Center is intended to generate both educational and research programs to fulfill increasing technological and scientific needs of sustainable urban development. It is a part of the broad-based “future of cities” initiative of NYU.



·         10+ years progressive accomplishments in civil engineering academic leadership and departmental change/transformation. Commercial civil engineering practice/consulting experience in advancing urban technology and engineering is a plus.
·         Demonstrated successful leadership in academia or industry judged through successful transformations in other organizations evidenced by growth in student enrollment, increased research expenditures, awards of patents or creation of new companies, or similar accomplishments in an industrial setting.
·         Thought-leader and excellent professional reputation judged through publications, membership in the national academy of engineering, leadership in civil engineering societies or editorship of leading journal(s).
·         High-quality research and publications in one or more civil engineering core areas including urban engineering, as well as emerging areas, judged through high citations, research prizes, invited talks and keynote lectures.
·         Strong record of external research funding. Preference will be given to candidates who bring research funding to NYU-Poly.
·         Genuine commitment to improving teaching excellence as evidenced by mentoring, professional service, and student and faculty comments.
·         Solid record of multidisciplinary collaborations with academic departments or sectors that impact the CE core areas related to intelligent urban infrastructure the future of cities, such including energy, information technology, robotics, chemistry, finance and policy.
·         Reputation of leadership, collegiality, hard work and integrity.
·         PhD degree in Civil Engineering
·         Proven administrative and leadership abilities  
·         Recognized as a technical leader in research specialty

Required Experience & Attributes:


·         A natural leader who knows how to bring teams of people together and support them in their efforts to accomplish important tasks on time and within budget.
·         Proven ability to work well with executive-level decision makers, colleagues, students and alumni in a highly collegial and effective manner.
·         Reputation for taking action and executing agreed-upon initiatives,
·         Ability to work well with senior administrators in support of the strategic initiatives of the University and to support the goals and objectives of key faculty, outside advisors, including key alumni, trustees and students who come from diverse cultures and environments.
·         Will possess a reputation for being a change agent who can work through ambiguity, balance opposing views and then move programs and projects forward in a highly effective manner.
·         Share real affinity with the vision and mission of NYU Poly and NYU and contribute significantly to realizing the vision through the transformation of the CE Dept., fostering the growth and development of Urban Systems initiatives and other key activities working in conjunction with colleagues, key constituents and the executive leadership team of NYU Poly and NYU.
A combination of phone and in-person interviews will take place as qualified candidates move through the interview process. Qualified candidates will meet with the search committee and then with senior-level administrators during the course of the process; finalists are expected to make a presentation of their research/professional interests.
The compensation and benefits package for this position is highly competitive. Further details on compensation will be provided to qualified candidates.
Please respond by sending CV and cover letter expressing interest to:
Interviews will continue until a finalist group is selected.
which is subject to change at the sole discretion of the client.
                         KULPER & COMPANY, LLC., 2011