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Borbely named head of professional education for engineering

Edward Borbely, director of the Integrative Systems and Design Division (ISD) at the University of Michigan, has been appointed associate dean and executive director of professional education in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis effective Aug. 24, according to Dean Aaron F. Bobick.

Edward Borbely

“Ed brings more than 30 years of successful experience in building and implementing interdisciplinary professional education programs, and this extensive knowledge will help SEAS transform how we meet the training and professional development needs of individuals and industries,” says Bobick. “Ed will collaborate with the faculty and with other WashU schools to enhance existing programs and to create unique educational opportunities, including online courses,” Bobick added.

“I’m eager to join the Washington University team and to help bring together the tremendous talents of our faculty to engage learners from a variety of communities, both on our campus and throughout the world,” Borbely said.

Borbely has been at Michigan since 1994, first as the founding director of the Center for Professional Development, then Interdisciplinary and Professional Programs, and most recently as director of ISD, an interdisciplinary division that brings together faculty from engineering, art and design, business, medicine, public policy and the sciences. During the past 21 years, he led the development of programs on campus, online and at locations worldwide that have attracted more than 100,000 students, including programs in health care, energy systems engineering, design science, and systems engineering and design.

Prior to Michigan, Borbely was director of off-campus education at Columbia University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science where he led the development and delivery of innovative graduate programs to engineers at a variety of companies, including AT&T Bell Laboratories and IBM. At Rutgers University, he directed the development of technology for off-campus programs. Borbely also served as a faculty fellow with the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, where he managed the planning, design and early implementation of a statewide telecommunications network for 53 of New Jersey’s higher education institutions.

Borbely earned a professional master’s degree from New York University combining education and research in technology, policy, economics, business, design and systems. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

As a recognized leader in education innovation, Borbely is an executive officer of the governing council for the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education. He also is a member of the external advisory council at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering’s Engineering for Professionals division, past chair of the American Society for Engineering Education’s continuing professional development division executive board, media-based instruction program special interest group.

He also has been a member of the board of directors and a commissioner of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association leadership and development commission.

Across Disciplines. Across the World.

"I’m eager to join the Washington University team and to help bring together the tremendous talents of our faculty to engage learners from a variety of communities, both on our campus and throughout the world,”

- Ed Borbely, associate dean and executive director of professional education