Portland State University Provost Susan Jeffords announced this week that Joseph Bull will be the new Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. He will start his position on August 15.
Bull comes to Portland and PSU from Tulane University in New Orleans where he serves as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Science and Engineering and holds the John and Elsie Martinez Biomedical Engineering Chair. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2000.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Bull to Portland State,” Provost Jeffords said. “He has a robust research career and will bring with him to our campus a deep commitment to racial equity and justice.”
Bull’s research focuses on biofluid mechanics and ultrasound and includes theoretical and computational modeling. His work primarily centers on the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, related biomedical devices, and edema, addressing fundamental biofluid mechanics problems that may enable new clinical therapies or diagnostics.
He is also an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, a federally recognized tribe of the Lenape, and a first-generation college graduate. He was named Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and has been active at Tulane in leading that school’s five-year plan to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism through university-wide actions.
“I’m honored to join Portland State University, and I look forward to working with the entire PSU community in the exciting next phase of the Maseeh College,” Bull said. “I’m inspired by the impact PSU has on the city, state, and world, and I believe that by working together we can grow that impact even further.”
Bull will take over in August for Wu-chi Feng who has served as Interim Dean for the College since September, 2021.
“I want to thank and recognize the outstanding leadership that Dr. Wu-chi Feng has provided in this past year as Interim Dean,” Jeffords said. “He has led the college with vision and dedication, and I want to express my personal gratitude to him for his leadership.