Patrick V. Farrell joined Lehigh University as provost and vice president for academic affairs on July 24, 2009. As provost, Dr. Farrell serves as the university’s chief academic officer. His responsibilities include leading efforts to attract, recruit and retain highly-talented individuals to Lehigh, as well as playing a central role in working to ensure the success of institutional goals over the next decade.
Since arriving on campus, Dr. Farrell has been instrumental in several university-wide initiatives, such as leading the implementation of Lehigh’s Strategic Plan, serving as Principal Investigator for the Lehigh ADVANCE Grant, and furthering the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive community which values, affirms, and advances the diverse aspirations, experiences and interests of all its members.
Lehigh’s Cluster Initiative, which involves cross-disciplinary groups of faculty united around a common intellectual theme, problem, or area of interest, provides the critical mass necessary to impact important new areas of scholarship, teaching and research. Dr. Farrell has collaboratively worked to position the university for the future by bringing the cluster vision to fruition at Lehigh, and several new clusters are now forming on campus.
Dr. Farrell also implemented Lehigh’s Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative complimentary hiring process, which advances the university’s strategic goals of creating a more diversified faculty, and supporting the development of employment opportunities for partners and spouses of faculty candidates.
Before coming to Lehigh, Dr. Farrell served as the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2006 until December 2008. He is a professor of mechanical engineering with more than 25 years experience as a teacher, researcher and leader.
Dr. Farrell received his BSME from the University of Michigan, MSME from the University of California at Berkeley, and his PhD at the University of Michigan. Professor Farrell’s research involved combustion, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, and applications of optical diagnostics to internal combustion engines.
Dr. Farrell is a member of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has taught courses in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and has written more than 90 articles for reviewed publications.