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Citadel News Service
14 May 2012

Citadel names new Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics

Lew Yan Voon, The Citadel

Lok C. Lew Yan Voon has been named dean of The Citadel’s School of Science and Mathematics.

Lew Yan Voon comes to The Citadel from the College of Science and Mathematics at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he served professor and chair of the physics department with a joint appointment in electrical engineering.

"Dean Lew Yan Voon brings an incredible amount of scholarship and experience,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “More importantly though, he understands the importance of our core values of honor, duty and respect and will lead the school, its faculty, staff and students according to those core values."

Lew Yan Voon will oversee approximately 400 undergraduate students pursuing one of 15 undergraduate degree programs, approximately 100 graduate students pursuing one of 7 graduate degree programs, and 48 tenured and tenure-track faculty when he assumes his duties August.

Lew Yan Voon is the former director of the Hong Kong Project Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institution and the former co-director of IPG Photonics Lab at Worcester Polytechnic. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students a variety of subjects in physics and engineering. He received his doctorate in semiconductor physics from Worcester Polytechnic, a master’s in physics from the University of British Columbia, and his bachelor’s and another master’s in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

"I am impressed by the academic achievements that go beyond the popular rankings. The graduation and retention rates are quite impressive as well," Lew Yan Voon said of The Citadel. "However, what is even more attractive to me are the core values of honor, duty and respect."

Lew Yan Voon replaces Interim Dean Spike Metts, who has held the position since Dean Charles Groetsch returned to teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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