Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York (CCNY), announced that Dr. Joseph Barba, an alumnus of the College and member of the Faculty for 24 years, has been named Dean of The Grove School of Engineering.
“As a son of immigrants from Mexico and a product of City College, there is no one fitter than Joe Barba to lead a school that its namesake, Andrew Grove, described as an ‘American Dream Machine,’” said President Williams in announcing the appointment. “He has served with distinction throughout a 24-year career at CCNY as a member of the engineering faculty, Office of the Provost and Acting Dean of The Grove School.”
Dr. Barba became Acting Dean in July 2004, having served previously as Deputy Provost from June 2002 to June 2004. One of his first responsibilities was leading the engineering school through the ABET Accreditation process. He joined the CCNY faculty as an Adjunct Lecturer in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and in 1982 became a tenure-track faculty member when he was appointed Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and to full Professor in 1993.
From 1997 to 2000, he was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Engineering. In 2000, he joined the Office of the Provost as Acting Associate Provost. Two years later, he was appointed Deputy Provost. Dr. Barba’s research interests focus on the development of image and signal processing algorithms for biomedical applications. These include image segmentation, contour extraction, and quantitative measure of image shape, color and texture for use in classification of cell image in pathology.
He is the author or co-author of over 50 scientific papers and has been Principal Investigator for both research and institutional grants, including the current NASA-funded project for Advancing Minorities in Science and Engineering. He has generated $5 million in research grants and contracts over his career.
In addition, Dr. Barba has been faculty advisor for the Latin American Engineering Student Association-Society of Professional Engineers (LAESA-SHPE) for 22 years. The chapter, one of the organization’s largest, has helped CCNY become one of the leading producers of Hispanic engineers in the United States. He is also director of the New York S.T.E.M. Institute, a summer enrichment program for New York City High School students interested in math, science and engineering careers.
Dr. Barba received a B.E.E. degree from CCNY in 1975 and an M.E.E. two years later. In 1981, he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The City University of New York.