Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Professor
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
John Lach is the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He began the role in August 2019. Dr. Lach joined SEAS from the University of Virginia, where he served most recently as the director of cross-cutting initiatives at the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and as a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He previously served as the chair of the department. He is associate director for Translational Research for the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST).
Throughout his career, Dr. Lach has worked extensively with departments, schools, and initiatives to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration that supports strategic priorities. As a researcher, he focuses on wireless technologies in health. His primary research interests are cyber-physical systems, embedded sensor systems, smart and connected health, and body sensor networks. He has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 35 grants totaling over $57 million in research funding.
Dr. Lach received his Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA.