Fan Named Dean of College of the Extended University

Fan Named Dean of College of the Extended University
Dr. Uei-Jiun (UJ) Fan

Dr. Uei-Jiun (UJ) Fan has been named dean of the College of Extended University (CEU), where he has served as Interim Associate Dean since January. He replaces Gary Hamilton, who has served as the CEU interim dean since late 2006.

“I am honored that I have been selected to be the next dean for the College of the Extended University. I am excited to continue working with a group of talented people at the CEU with an expanded leadership role,” Fan said. “I thank President Ortiz, Provost Lujan and the campus for the trust and responsibilities bestowed upon me. I look forward to working with the campus, industry and global community to make greater contributions to the college as well as the campus.”

Fan has an extensive background in engineering, having served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Director of Engineering Graduate Studies and Research, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

“UJ's breadth of experience and his international acumen make him an ideal choice for the College of the Extended University,” said Interim Provost Herman Lujan. “He also has great experience as a leader on campus, making this transition much easier. I would also like to extend my personal thanks to Gary Hamilton for his service and leadership to the CEU.”

Fan earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in six years from 1982 to 1988.

As Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Fan directed the 2002 International Space University Summer Session for scholars, engineers and government representatives. He also led efforts to integrate service-learning activities into engineering curriculum and received a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of that project.  In addition, Fan led successful efforts in the last accreditation review for engineering and technology programs in the College of Engineering in 2005.  

Fan has received more than $1.8 million in grants from a variety of sources to fund a diverse mix of training programs and research projects.

In addition, Fan published numerous articles, many of which address service-learning curriculum and activities.

Prior to coming to Cal Poly Pomona, Fan worked as a mechanical engineer in Taiwan, designing mechanical energy systems for nuclear power plants and managing large marine diesel and steam turbine power plants. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He has also been an adjunct engineering faculty member of California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

The College of the Extended University provides stimulating and dynamic continuing education programs to working professionals and traditional students in new and innovative ways. The college offers more than 1,500 courses, ranging from credit courses and degree programs to business and management, trade and technical certificates and personal enrichment classes, to students who want to enhance their career opportunities.