Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Matt McLaughlin, director of computer services for the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has accepted the position of chief technology officer for the College of Engineering, effective Aug. 5.

In his new role, McLaughlin will lead and provide administrative supervision for all the Engineering Technology Centers, including the Engineering Computer Services, Engineering Machine Shop, and Engineering Electronics Shop, including project management, planning and directing complex operations, and developing strategic priorities. McLaughlin will also develop and manage financial operations for the Engineering Technology Center.

McLaughlin has served on the college IT staff since 1993 in a number of roles, including his current role since 2016. He has been involved in projects ranging from the development of state-of-the-art computing facilities to instructional support activities to deployment and support of research infrastructure.

"I am excited and grateful that Matt has agreed to take on this new role," says Alec Scranton, dean of the College of Engineering and UI Foundation distinguished professor of chemical and biochemical engineering. "Matt has served as an invaluable resource for our faculty, staff, and students through his work on application installations, security, and backups for College of Engineering systems, and he is well prepared to advance the college’s technology centers going forward."

In announcing McLaughlin's appointment, Scranton noted that his technical expertise and exceptional judgment are highly sought after within the campus IT community, and that he is regularly asked to participate in or consult on projects with other colleges and with Information Technology Services. Scranton said McLaughlin contributes to the college in many ways beyond IT.  For example, he actively participates in facilities discussions regarding space design, furniture selection, and power and networking considerations. He has also been instrumental in ensuring that spaces in the Seamans Center meet the college’s research and instructional needs.