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The Dean reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, who in turn reports to the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. The Dean is in charge of most of the administrative aspects of the college, while the Associate Dean and Assistant to the Deans oversee most of the Student Affairs issues.


Dr. Joshua Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is the Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and a Professor of Biology at UMD. He joined UMD in June 2014.

Previously, he was the Chief Academic and Scientific Officer (Provost equivalent) at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole MA from 2008 to 2014 where he was also a Senior Scientist and had a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown University. (Deans Bio)


Associate Dean: Penny Morton

Associate Dean

Dr. Penny Morton

Penny Morton is an Associate Professor of Geological Science and has been Associate Dean in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering since 2009. She has been at UMD since 1980.




Associate Dean: Penny Morton

Associate Dean

Dr. Richard Maclin

Rich Maclin is a Professor of Computer Science and became an Associate Dean in Spring of 2014.  He has been at UMD since 1995




Assistant to the Deans: Janny Walker

Associate to the Dean

Ms. Janny B. Walker

Janny Walker, Associate to the Dean, is responsible for public relations in the College and student recruitment, orientation, advisement, and registration.

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Our Mission Statement
The Swenson College of Science and Engineering educates undergraduate and graduate students in the natural sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, technology, and interdisciplinary work branching into these fields. We provide students with a rigorous curriculum and innovative opportunities to collaborate with faculty in theoretical and applied research and service activities related to our disciplines. Students are prepared to solve problems that benefit society as well — trained members of the work force and as successful participants in professional and other advanced degree programs. Faculty are actively engaged in professional and institutional service and outreach to the community. (find out more information)

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