N.C. State University’s College of Sciences will have a new dean starting Sept. 1.
William Ditto, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, has been appointed to the NCSU job, Provost Warwick Arden announced Thursday.
A physicist, Ditto is an expert in nonlinear dynamics and chaotic systems and helped develop a new type of computer, according to NCSU. The work has been used in medicine to discover ways of controlling heart arrhythmias, seizures and epilepsy.
Ditto has overseen a period of growth for the natural sciences college at the University of Hawaii’s flagship campus. He also leads the Applied Chaos Laboratory that has generated recent discoveries in reconfigurable computing, chaotic computing and astrophysics.
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Before his time in Hawaii, Ditto was a founder of biomedical engineering programs at Arizona State University, the University of Florida and a joint Emory-Georgia Tech department. Ditto was a physics professor at Georgia Tech and The College of Wooster in Ohio. He began his career in science in the U.S. Department of the Navy.
He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from UCLA and a doctorate in physics from Clemson University.