Levi T. Thompson, the Richard E. Balzhiser collegiate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, was named dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering, effective Oct. 1, according to an announcement by UD President Dennis Assanis and Provost Robin W. Morgan.

Thompson, who earned his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at UD in 1981, will succeed Babatunde Ogunnaike, who has led the college since 2011 and will be returning to the college faculty. After graduating from UD, Thompson went on to earn two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in chemical engineering and nuclear engineering and his doctorate in chemical engineering.

“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Thompson back to the University of Delaware as our new College of Engineering dean,” said Assanis. “His inspirational vision for engineering, collaborative approach to build bridges across disciplines, entrepreneurial spirit and engaging leadership will serve UD well. UD is poised to build upon our College of Engineering’s strong reputation for excellence, and I look forward to working with Dr. Thompson and Provost Morgan to accelerate this momentum and take our institution to the next level.”