The dean of UAB’s School of Engineering since 2000, Linda Lucas, Ph.D., has been named UAB's interim provost. “Linda is an energetic and innovative leader,” said UAB President Carol Garrison. “She has been a driving force for the growth and excellence of our engineering programs; she has the respect of her colleagues and a heart for student success; and she has deep institutional knowledge of UAB and our community. I know she will do a great job.”
Garrison said a national search for a permanent provost will begin soon. Lucas’ appointment is effective May 18.
Lucas joined the UAB faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor. She was named department chair of biomedical engineering in 1995. She holds joint appointments in several UAB university-wide Centers, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and departments within the School of Dentistry.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UAB. She has master’s degrees in mathematics, education and materials engineering from UAB. She earned her doctorate from UAB in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in biomaterials.
Lucas is a past-president of the Society for Biomaterials and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineers and an International Fellow of the Society for Biomaterials.