Peter E. Crouch joined UTA in August 2016 as dean of the nationally ranked College of Engineering and as a professor of electrical engineering. Since arriving he has pursued vigorous support for the UTA President’s strategic vision for The University of Texas at Arlington, and the powerful growth of the University and the College. Developing the strategic links between the College and its stakeholders, especially in the DFW metro area, is one of his most important goals.
Dean Crouch has served a total of 21 years as dean of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and dean of engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In his long tenure as a dean, Crouch has led significant enrollment growth, established strong partnerships with businesses and workforce leaders, established strong relationships with community college systems and K-12 institutions, developed multidisciplinary relationships and programs between colleges and their faculties, and elevated the colleges’ national rankings. He has helped secure millions of dollars in federal support for major research centers and has led expansion of engineering programs to China, India and Mexico, and enhanced online offerings for working professionals.
A native of England, Crouch earned his undergraduate degree in engineering science from Warwick University in Coventry in 1973, and his master’s degree in control theory from Warwick the following year. Crouch then earned his Ph.D. in applied sciences from Harvard University in 1977. After joining Arizona State University in 1984, he rose through the academic ranks before being named dean of what would become the Fulton School of Engineering in 1995. He also served as ASU’s vice provost for global engagement from 2005 to 2006. He was appointed the dean of Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in July 2006.
In his previous roles, Crouch successfully enlisted the help and support of major corporations including Intel, Boeing, Northrop Grumman Corp., Motorola, and others to advance excellence in engineering education. At ASU, he worked closely with university’s leaders to secure the $50 million naming gift for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and helped lead the school into the top 50 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.