Name: Enrique J. Lavernia

Phone Number: (530) 752-0554

Office: John D. Kemper Hall, UC Davis


Enrique J. Lavernia, formerly chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine, was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at UC Davis in September 2002. He served as interim provost and executive vice chancellor from January 2009 through November 2010, whereupon he returned to his Dean's post. Dean Lavernia holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Brown University. He joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1987, becoming department chair in 1998. He has published more than 270 scientific papers as well as conference proceedings, invited papers, book chapters, and other publications. Among many other awards and honors, Lavernia was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000, and was selected as Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Materials Science “Science Teacher of the Year” at UC Irvine in 1998. He has held prestigious fellowships from the Ford Foundation; the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Iketani Science and Technology Foundation of Tokyo, Japan; and Rockwell International. He was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation and received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. He is a member of many professional organizations, actively participates in organizing national and international conferences, serves on various boards of review and advisory panels, and has six patents and pending applications. He and his students have received numerous scholastic awards. Lavernia has held grants from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


B.S. w/ Honors, Solid Mechanics, Brown University, 1982. M.S., Metallurgy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984. Ph.D., Materials Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986.


University of California, Irvine, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, 1987-2002

  • Chair, Department of Chemical, Engineering and Materials Science, 1998-2002
  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 1995-2002
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 1991-1995
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 1987-1991

University of California, Davis, College of Engineering, 2002-present

  • Dean, College of Engineering, 2002-2009 & 2011-present
  • Distinguished Professor College of Engineering]] 2007-present
  • 2009-2011 Lavernia briefly stepped down as Dean when appointed as UC Davis Provost Executive Vice Chancellor, serving as Chief Academic and Operating Officer for Campus


  • Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award (HEENAC), Great Minds in STEM, 2011
  • ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship, ASM International, The Materials Information Society, 2013
  • ASM International Gold Medal Award, ASM International, The Materials Information Society, 2013
  • SACNAS Distinguished Scientist, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, 2011
  • Top 200 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, 2011
  • Miegunya Distinguished Fellow, University of Melbourne, Austrelia, 2010
  • Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis, 2007"
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2006
  • Best Paper Award (with L. Ajdelsztajn and B. Jodoin), International Thermal Spray Conference, Seattle, Wa, 2006
  • Honorary Member", Materials Research Society of India, 2006
  • Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Medal Brown University, 2005
  • "Highly Cited Researcher, Information Sciences Institute (ISI), Citation Impact for Research in Materials, 2002
  • Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine, 2002
  • Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2000
  • Marcus A. Grossmann Award for Best Paper (with Weidong Cai - Ph.D. Student), Metallurgical and Materials Transactions 1999
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Materials Science Teacher of the Year, University of California, Irvine, 1998
  • Fellow, ASM Intentional, 1998
  • Marion Howe Medal for Best Paper (with D. Lawrynowicz and B. Li - Ph.D. Students), Metallurgical and Materials Transaction, 1998
  • Silver Medal, Materials Science Division, ASM International, 1996
  • Best Paper Award (with J. Wolfenstine - Faculty, Colleague; and X. Liang - Ph.D Student), Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 1995
  • Fellowship, Ford Foundation, 1995
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, 1995
  • Fellowship, Iketani Science and Technology Foundation, Toyko, Japan, 1993
  • Named, Who is Who in Science and Engineering, 1993
  • Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars, 1992
  • National Honorary Society, Alpha Kappa Chapter, Phi Delta Beta, 1992
  • Named, 2000 Notable American Men, 1992
  • Named, Who is Who in the West, 1991
  • Named, American Men and Women of Science, 1991
  • Ranked 21st in the world for Citation Impact for Research in Materials, Science Watch, Information Sciences Institute (ISI), 1990-1994
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research (ONR), 1990-1993
  • Fellowship, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), 1990-1992
  • Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation (NSF), 1989-1994
  • Outstanding Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1989-1990
  • Faculty Career Development Award, University of California, Irvine, 1989
  • Fellowship, Rockwell International, 1982-1984
  • George H, Main 1945 Fund Award, Brown University, 1982
  • Alfred J. Lopesinger Scholarship, Brown University, 1978