Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has selected John A. McNeill, PhD, a longtime faculty member in electrical and computer engineering whose excellence in teaching has been recognized numerous times over the years, as the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering. McNeill, who joined WPI in 1994 after nearly a decade in industry, began his career working for Bernard Gordon, the inventor and entrepreneur who founded Analogic Corporation and NeuroLogica Corporation, served on the WPI Board of Trustees, and whose philanthropy endowed the deanship in 2010 to provide leadership in the spirit of purposeful achievement that has defined his career. McNeill has been serving as the interim Dean of Engineering since September 2018.
“John McNeill is a dynamic educator and a respected leader, attuned to what both industry and the world need—namely, globally focused and creative problem solvers from across disciplines who will work together to make the world and people’s lives better in tangible ways,” said WPI Provost Winston “Wole” Soboyejo. “This is challenging and meaningful work that requires hands-on leadership, creativity, collaboration, mutual respect, and endurance. John delights in teaching, and he inspires that same joy and excellence in others. His pragmatic yet imaginative approach makes him an appealing collaborator and a trusted colleague—evident across his years at WPI, and profoundly, in his leadership with the faculty as the university navigated our way to teaching and learning during the pandemic.”