Andrew Ketsdever recently joined Oregon State University – Cascades as associate dean and will help lead the growing campus’s academic faculty and research efforts.
Ketsdever’s duties include providing oversight for degree programs in biology, computer science, energy systems engineering, human development and family sciences, kinesiology, natural resources and sustainability. He will also lead the development of faculty research at the Bend campus, and contribute to campus-wide diversity efforts.
“I am confident that Andrew’s experience in academic leadership and in building research programs will help us continue to attract talented faculty and provide inspiration for our students,” said OSU-Cascades Academic Dean Julie Gess-Newsome.
A professor of aerospace engineering, Ketsdever was most recently the director of the Center for Laser, Energy and Exploration Research at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He previously served as the director of online graduate programs at UCCS. Prior to that Ketsdever served as the school’s chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
His earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering all from the University of Southern California.
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About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.