Andrew Douglas serves as Interim Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, where he is also a professor of mechanical engineering with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering. After initial training in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, he earned his doctorate in engineering mechanics from Brown University in 1982. Douglas began his professorial career at Rice University before joining Johns Hopkins in September 1983. Douglas has served as the chair of mechanical engineering (1997-1999), associate dean for academic affairs (1999-2003 and 2004-2006) and vice dean for faculty (2007-2013). He served previously as interim dean (2003-2004). He was a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in 1996-1997. Douglas currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany.
Professor Douglas’ research has focused on dynamic fracture of ductile metals, the mechanics of compliant materials and of soft biological tissues (including the mechanics of the left ventricle) and the constitutive behavior of compliant active materials. His insights into mechanics and bioengineering led to groundbreaking work on the kinematics of soft tissue organs such as the heart and the tongue.
Known for his commitment to students, Douglas was awarded the William Huggins Award for excellence in teaching in 1991 and the Dunn Family Award for Service to Undergraduates in May 2001.
Professor Douglas lives in Baltimore with his wife; they have four grown children.