About the Provost
Gregory L. FenvesGregory L. Fenves is the executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his appointment in October 2013, Dr. Fenves served as the eighth dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin. With more than 7,500 students, and research expenditures exceeding $160 million a year, the Cockrell School is a top-10 ranked engineering school. During his five-year leadership of the school, Dr. Fenves recruited 57 engineering faculty, bringing the total number of tenure/tenure-track faculty to 280 faculty members. He helped increase the entrepreneurial and technology commercialization programs for students and faculty throughout UT Austin. Dr. Fenves led a capital campaign for the Cockrell School to build the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), a $310 million, 430,000-square-foot building dedicated to interdisciplinary research and hands-on student projects, which will begin construction in 2014. During his tenure, the book value of the endowment for the Cockrell School increased 29 percent.
Before coming to UT Austin, Dr. Fenves served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley from 2002 to 2007. He was on the faculty of UC Berkeley for more than 20 years and during his tenure he was a key contributor and member of the research committee for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, a multidisciplinary center funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition, he led a major industry-sponsored program to improve the seismic safety of utility and transportation systems. Dr. Fenves began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the Cockrell School from 1984-87.
An internationally recognized structural engineer, Dr. Fenves' research focus is on computational simulation of structures subjected to earthquakes and technology for performance-based earthquake engineering. He was one of the early civil engineering researchers to develop wireless sensor networks for assessing the structural health of buildings, bridges and infrastructure.
Dr. Fenves earned a bachelor's degree with distinction from Cornell University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received numerous national awards, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, and from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Walter L. Huber Research Prize, the Moisseiff Award, and the J. James R. Croes Medal.