A longtime professor and administrator at Colorado State University has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
Rick Miranda, who joined the Department of Mathematics in 1981 and who most recently served as interim associate dean for Instructional Affairs at the college and as chairman of the mathematics department, will assume office on July 1. He will replace Thomas Sneider, the current interim dean.
"After a national search, Colorado State found the best person for the job right here on campus," said Colorado State President Albert C. Yates. "We are pleased to welcome Rick Miranda as the college’s new dean."
"We are confident that Dr. Miranda will take the college to the next level of excellence," said Provost Peter Nicholls. "He brings to his strong record of teaching and scholarship the promise of providing exceptional leadership for the college and the university."
Miranda, who received his bachelor’s in 1974 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, joined Colorado State as an assistant professor in 1981. He became full professor in 1990 and was interim chairman of the mathematics department from 1997-98 before being named chairman of the department in 1998.
He also has served as visiting professor at several universities in Italy and at Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
Miranda’s most current grants have been from IBM, the National Science Foundation and Honeywell. He is author of dozens of journal articles and author and editor of several publications, including "Algebraic Curves and Riemann Surfaces," a well-received monograph.
Miranda and his wife, Jeanne Duflot Miranda, have three children.