Leadership

Mohammad Dehghani

Chancellor

Dr. Mohammad Dehghani became chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology on Aug. 1, 2019. A mechanical engineer, Dehghani is a nationally prominent research and academic leader.

Dehghani joined S&T from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he served as vice provost for research, innovation and entrepreneurship since 2013. Before joining Stevens, he was a professor of mechanical engineering and founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Systems Institute. Through that institute, he established collaborative research and application programs with many organizations.

Dehghani previously led the New Technologies Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – a $1.8 billion, 7,000-employee multidisciplinary applied science and engineering national security laboratory.

Dehghani holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University, where he earned his master of science and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He also completed a postdoctoral National Science Foundation internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stephen Roberts

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

As interim provost since July 2019, Dr. Roberts oversees all academic programs as well as enrollment management, international affairs and Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Roberts joined Missouri S&T in 2014 as the founding dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business. He previously served as professor and chair of biology at Central Michigan University. As an evolutionary scientist focused on the integrative biology of insects, he specializes in the study of honeybees and solitary bee species, and he has won several research awards from the American Physiological Society and the Society for Integrative Comparative Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Illinois State University.

Andrew Careaga

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications

Andrew Careaga joined Missouri S&T in 1991 as a staff writer, later serving as manager of public relations and director of communications. As executive director of marketing and communications, he leads a team responsible for developing and managing Missouri S&T’s brand identity, strategic communications, web and digital initiatives, social media, visual identity and media relations, and serves as the university’s chief spokesperson and chief marketing officer. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, he worked in the newspaper and non-profit sectors before joining Missouri S&T. He serves as a trustee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he also has held other regional and national leadership positions.

Kate Drowne

Interim Vice Provost and Dean for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Dr. Drowne became interim dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business on July 1, 2019. She previously served as the college’s associate dean of academic affairs since 2015. Drowne is a professor of English and technical communication and leads S&T’s Center for Science, Technology and Society. She joined S&T in 2001 from the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University. Drowne holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College.

Joan Nesbitt

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Vice Chancellor Nesbitt joined Missouri S&T in 2011. She leads the university’s fundraising, donor relations and alumni relations efforts and oversees development, annual giving operations and the Miner Alumni Association. Nesbitt has more than 23 years of experience in university advancement. Previously, she served as vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Tulsa. Nesbitt holds a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Tulsa and a master of arts in organizational dynamics from the University of Oklahoma. She has held regional and national leadership positions with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and is the recipient of three national “Circle of Excellence” awards for achievements in fundraising and public relations.

Neil A Outar

Chief Diversity Officer

As chief diversity officer (CDO) since July 2019, Outar guides the university’s cultivation of an inclusive community through cultural programming and outreach. Outar joined Missouri S&T in 2015 as director of institutional equity, diversity and inclusion, and was appointed interim CDO in 2017. Before joining Missouri S&T, Outar was a student affairs professional and accreditation coordinator at Arkansas State University-Beebe. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen Law School.

Cuba Plain

Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations

Cuba Plain joined Missouri S&T in September 2017 following a 35-year-plus career in financial administration, budgeting and planning at the University of Missouri System. Prior to her Missouri S&T appointment, she served as the UM System’s assistant vice president for finance, budget and planning. She is active with NACUBO and CACUBO (the National and Central Associations of College and University Business Officers) and frequently presents at professional development meetings. A certified public accountant, Plain holds a MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. from Oklahoma State University with a double major in agricultural economics and accounting.

Debra A.G. Robinson

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor Robinson joined Missouri S&T in 1980 as a counseling psychologist. She oversees athletics and recreation; career opportunities and employer relations; community standards and conduct; counseling, disability support and student wellness; leadership and cultural programs; Leach Theatre; residential life; student health services; student life; and the testing center. Robinson has been assistant director and associate director of the Counseling Center, director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development, and associate vice chancellor for student and international affairs. She was named vice chancellor for student affairs in January 2003. Robinson served on the board of directors for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and as co-chair of the Council for Student Affairs, one of 10 operational councils APLU. Robinson has also served as president of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Division 13 of the American Psychological Association. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in education and counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Costas Tsatsoulis

Vice Chancellor of Research, Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis joined Missouri S&T in September 2018 as vice chancellor of research and dean of graduate studies. He formerly served as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas from 2008 to 2018 following a 20-year academic career at the University of Kansas. An electrical engineer, Tsatsoulis’ research focuses on multi-agent systems, case-based reasoning, machine learning and intelligent image analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, is a member of IEEE, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences.

Richard Wlezien

Vice Provost and Dean for the College of Engineering and Computing

Dr. Wlezien leads efforts to achieve the college’s mission through the promotion of excellence in teaching, research and service. He is responsible for CEC’s external affairs, interacting with key constituencies including research sponsors and alumni. He was previously aerospace engineering chair at Iowa State University, a former researcher and program director at NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and chair of mechanical engineering at Tufts University. Wlezien earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.