Jefferson City, MO– Dr. Majed El-Dweik is the new Dean of the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Health Sciences. El-Dweik has served as Interim Dean since January 2019. He joined Lincoln University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor of Physics, teaching courses in biotechnology and nanotechnology. In 2013, he was named the Director of Lincoln University’s Center of Nanotechnology.
As a researcher, El-Dweik has generated approximately $4.7 million in funding for the University from agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health. In June 2019, he, along with Dr. Mahmoud Almasri, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, received a U.S. patent for the High Sensitivity Impedance Sensor. The state-of-the-art biotechnology significantly reduces the testing time for contaminants in food from three days to 14 hours. El-Dweik has published articles in 15 peer-reviewed journals and presented 39 papers on his work.
Since being named Interim Dean, El-Dweik has focused on securing external funding to support extension, research and scholarships. A $1.1 million grant from the USDA will be used for construction of a multipurpose agriculture facility which will include laboratories and learning spaces. An additional $2 million from the USDA will provide scholarships for agriculture students.
El-Dweik received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Engineering, also from the University of Missouri-Columbia.