Dean of Cool

Dean of Cool

By Deepa Arora

Through his research, Alfonso Ortega (left) has worked with tech companies Cisco, HP, Intel, Facebook, and Microsoft. And he gets students involved. Photo by Barbara Johnston/Villanova University

Alfonso Ortega is in the vanguard of researchers seeking to solve the increasingly complex problem of cooling electronics integral to daily life—laptops, mobile devices, and data centers. And beginning in August, he becomes integral to the School of Engineering at SCU—as the new dean and John M. Sobrato Professor. He arrives at SCU from Villanova University, where he established the National Science Foundation Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems, forged deep relationships with the U.S. electronics industry, and served as associate VP for research and graduate programs. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Southern Arizona Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) for his contributions to the math and science development of Southern Arizona’s underrepresented middle and high school students and their teachers—an award that now bears his name. He succeeds Godfrey Mungal, who served as dean for the past decade and brought SCU’s engineering programs unprecedented national recognition.

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