Biography: David Rock
Dean of the School of Engineering
Alexander Cheng was appointed as Dean of Engineering in July 2009. Prior to this appointment, he was Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering Department, since 2001. Dr. Cheng was a faculty member at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the University of Delaware, before joining the University of Mississippi. He obtained his B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University, M.S. from the University of Missouri—Columbia, and Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in Civil Engineering.
His research interests cover nanomechanics, meshless method, poromechanics, and groundwater flow. He is the Co-Editor of the journal Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, Elsevier, and was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the book series Progress in Water Resources, WIT Press. He has authored 3 books, and edited 11 specialty and conference proceedings books. He has published more than 120 refereed journal papers. He has received research contracts and grants from NSF, DOE, USDA, ONR, NASA, USAID, EPA, and DHS, in the amount of $8.5M, of which, he was the Principal Investigator of $5.3M.
He was the recipient of the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE, the Basic Research Award from the U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics, National Research Council, and the Eminent Scientist Award of Wessex Institute of Technology, UK. At Ole Miss, he was the 2007 recipient of Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member of the Year, largely based on student ballot on teaching.
He currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering Mechanics Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, and was formerly the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the American Institute of Hydrology. He is also a Board Director of Wessex Institute of Technology, UK. He is a registered Professional Hydrogeologist.