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Dennis Assanis

Dennis Assanis

104 Hullihen Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-2111

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PhD | 1985 | Power and Propulsion, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS | 1986 | Management, Sloan School of Management
MS | 1982 | Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS | 1982 | Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BSc | 1980 | Marine Engineering, Newcastle University, England


Dennis Assanis is the 28th President of the University of Delaware. He was elected to the position by the UD Board of Trustees on Nov. 18, 2015. He took office June 6, 2016, and was formally inaugurated Dec. 7, 2016.

Dr. Assanis is a distinguished educator with a wide range of academic leadership experience and a worldwide reputation as a scholar and expert in both fundamental and applied studies of internal combustion engines and energy systems.

Before coming to UD, Dr. Assanis served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University and as vice president for Brookhaven National Laboratory Affairs. He previously taught and conducted research at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Dr. Assanis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University in England (1980). At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned three Master’s Degrees: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1982), Mechanical Engineering (1982) and Management (1986). Also at MIT, he earned a Ph.D. in Power and Propulsion (1985).


  • Clean Energy & Environment


  • Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics


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