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.

Andrew Careaga

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Andrew Careaga joined Missouri S&T in 1991 as a staff writer, later serving as manager of public relations and director of communications. As chief marketing and communications officer, 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 engagement and outreach. 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 served as a trustee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he was involved in 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.

Dr. Colin Potts

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Colin Potts joined Missouri S&T June 1, 2021, as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs following a nearly 30-year career at Georgia Institute of Technology. A native of London, Potts holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Sheffield University. Following his Ph.D., he worked as a software engineer and ergonomics consultant before joining Imperial College London’s department of computing. Later, he moved to the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. in Austin, Texas, then joined Georgia Tech in 1992. His research over the past 25 years has spanned the fields of requirements engineering, software design methods, human-computer interaction and information privacy.

Vacant

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations

Anitra Rivera

Acting Chief Diversity Officer

Stephen Roberts

Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Executive Officer of the Kummer Institute

Appointed in June 2021 as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief operating officer of the Kummer Institute, Dr. Roberts joined Missouri S&T in 2014 as the founding dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business. He served as interim provost from July 2019 through May 2021, Roberts 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. 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.

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.