David Erickson reappointed director of the Sibley School

Lynden Archer, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering, has announced the reappointment of David Erickson as S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for a two-year term that begins on July 1, 2024.

Erickson first assumed the directorship of the Sibley School in 2019 after serving as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Under his leadership the Sibley School has thrived. Recent advances and innovations include the growth of the school's aerospace and space technology programs, the establishment of a new external advisory council, and the formation of the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. The school has also implemented an initiative to mentor new faculty members for early success in research grant proposal writing.

In addition to his significant administrative responsibilities, Erickson has continued to be an active, entrepreneurial research leader with a focus on global health technology, medical diagnostics, microfluidics, photonics, and nanotechnology. He currently serves as the director of the NIH POCTRN Center “PORTENT – Center for Point of Care Technologies for Nutrition, Infection, and Cancer in Global Health.” He has also helped to found numerous start-up companies, including Halo Labs, VitaScan, and Dimensional Energy. By commercializing high-throughput pharmaceutical instrumentation, biomedical diagnostics, and energy technologies, he has translated his research into societal impact.

Erickson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and his graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Cornell Engineering in 2005, he completed post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology.

"David has led the Sibley School by example and I hope you will join me in congratulating him on an exemplary first term, and on his reappointment. I look forward to continuing to work with him as we lay the groundwork for another successful 150 years (and more) for the Sibley School," Dean Archer said.

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