Dr. Michael Ward
Michael Ward joined CSU, Chico 28 years ago as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and now serves as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition to his role as a Chico State faculty member, he has held a number of administrative and leadership positions including: Department Chair, Associate Dean and then Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management; campus WASC Accreditation team chair; Interim Dean of the College of Business; Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences; and most recently Interim Vice Provost for Budget and Academic Resources. Throughout these campus leadership experiences, he has remained passionate about teaching excellence and student success and has developed a comprehensive view of CSU Chico and its critical role in California higher education.
When serving in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, Dr. Ward provided leadership in developing support for program assessment and accreditation while serving as an ABET Accreditation evaluator for Mechanical Engineering programs. He also provided leadership for curricular, fiscal and personnel management of the college which offered him the opportunity to work with faculty and staff on budget planning and resource allocation as well as strategic planning and implementation.
Dr. Ward’s technical expertise is in the area of modeling dynamic systems and their control, with particular expertise in the dynamics of large flexible space structures, receiving his PhD from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering. Before his career in academe, his experience in industry included work with General Electric, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His most recent research involved the design and implementation of low-cost expendable surveillance robots used in hostile environments for Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Dr. Ward also holds a professional engineering license in Mechanical Engineering in California. In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal for Academic Achievement by the UC Davis College of Engineering “for distinction in teaching, research and other scholarly pursuits.”