Stuart Long Named Interim Dean of University of Houston Honors College

Electrical and computer engineering professor currently oversees Office of Undergraduate Research

Stuart A. Long has been named interim dean of The Honors College of the University of Houston. The appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2008.

Long, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been serving as associate dean for undergraduate research and The Honors College.

"My long-term association with The Honors College has made me aware of what a remarkable resource it is for the university," said Long. "I'm very pleased to serve in this important position and help in the further development of the college."

He fills the vacancy created by Dean Ted Estess stepping down after leading The Honors College (and its predecessor) for more than three decades. Estess, a professor of English, will continue to teach at UH.

"Dean Estess is to be applauded for his tireless work developing The Honors College into one of the most outstanding such programs in the country," said Jerald W. Strickland, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "We're fortunate to have an individual of Stuart Long's caliber step in on an interim basis while The Honors College Dean Search Committee continues its efforts to find a permanent dean."

Long earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard. He joined UH in 1974 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and became a full professor in 1985. He has served as chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering (twice) and as associate dean of the Cullen College of Engineering.

He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes in applied electromagnetics including electromagnetic waves, antenna engineering and microwave engineering. His research interests are in the broad area of applied electromagnetics and, more specifically, in microstrip and dielectric resonator antennas. His most recent work has been focused on broadband dielectric resonator antennas and on the use of existing structures to serve as radiators for wireless communications systems.

He was appointed associate dean for undergraduate research and The Honors College in 2006.

The Office of Undergraduate Research at UH is charged with organizing, facilitating and enhancing opportunities for undergraduate research. Although housed in The Honors College, the office serves undergraduates from all colleges and disciplines. Activities related to undergraduate research include the Senior Honor Thesis program (supervised through The Honors College), the Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, and assistance in applying for nationally competitive scholarships.

Long was born in Philadelphia and completed his secondary education in Snyder, Texas.

Prior to his academic appointments, Long was employed as an aerosystems engineer in the antenna design group of General Dynamics from 1968 to 1969.

His numerous recognitions for teaching excellence include UH's Halliburton Award of Excellence, the University Teaching Excellence Award, the Engineering Alumni Association's 1992 Distinguished Faculty Award, the college's Senior Research Award and the Fluor-Daniel Faculty Excellence Award.

A profile of his professional accomplishments is available at

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