Andrew Douglas assumed the position of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in July 2019. In this role, Dr. Douglas will be a key contributor to the development and execution of the long-term vision of the Office of the Provost. Specifically, he will work closely with schools across the university to address pressing issues facing our faculty, identify opportunities to increase collaboration, increase faculty diversity, and continue efforts to improve mentorship programs for our junior faculty.
Dr. Douglas has been a Johns Hopkins faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1983 and holds a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He served as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1997 to 1999 before being named associate dean for academic affairs at the Whiting School. He also served twice as interim dean, from 2003 to 2004 and again in 2013, before the arrival of Dean Ed Schlesinger.
Dr. Douglas earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a master’s and PhD in solid mechanics from Brown University. At Hopkins, he is a past recipient of the William Huggins Award for excellence in teaching and the Dunn Family Award, which recognizes extraordinary impact on the lives of undergraduate students.
His research focuses on soft biological tissues and organs such as the heart and tongue. Current research areas in his lab include the nonlinear mechanics of solids, the mechanical response of compliant biological tissues, finite deformation elasticity, and the static and dynamic fracture of ductile materials.