Manoj Chopra, who joined UCF's Civil Engineering faculty in 1993, has been named Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and is set to begin the position on Dec.1.

In his new role, Chopra will oversee existing programs within the Office of Undergraduate Studies, including experiential learning, information fluency and programs designed to prepare students for STEM careers or graduate education.

"He will serve in this administrative capacity while a national search takes place for a permanent position," said Dania M. Suárez, executive assistant of the Office of the Provost, in an email.

Chopra is the Executive Director of UCF's Stormwater Management Academy and is also actively involved with several interdisciplinary and STEM-related initiatives across campus.

Selected as a Provost Faculty Fellow this year, Chopra assists with the university's academic priority setting process. He is also a co-lead for UCF's Foundations of Excellence Transfer Initiative, a multi-year initiative with the John N. Gardner Institute that promotes awareness of experiences unique to transfer students and bridges gaps between academic and student affairs support to achieve greater retention and graduation rates, Suárez said in the email.

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