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Graduate Studies Leadership

Jean-Pierre Delplanque
Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean, Graduate Studies

Jean-Pierre Delplanque is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Dean for Students in Graduate Studies. His research and educational activities focus on the multiscale modeling and numerical simulation of complex fluid and thermal processes and systems. Applications are interdisciplinary in nature, crossing the boundaries between mechanical, chemical, and biomedical engineering, and materials science, with specific examples ranging from the characterization of patient ventilator asynchrony in the critical care setting to additive manufacturing technologies. Professor Delplanque received a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UC Irvine.

His experience with students from a variety of angles—on top of his personal experience as an international graduate student himself—equips him with the ability to work closely with the diverse UC Davis community. JP is eager to work both individually and collectively with students to tackle the challenges they encounter on their graduate journey. “There are several facets to the job. One of them is to help students and faculty to work out disagreements that arise, to help advise and remedy problems regarding policies,” he says. “Students come here usually because they can’t find a solution within their own program or with their own faculty members.” JP provides guidance for graduate students to the resources offered by UC Davis.

Kellie Sims Butler
Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies

Kellie ButlerKellie Sims Butler is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, responsible for the strategic planning, programmatic leadership, staff supervision and organizational management of Graduate Studies. Prior to her arrival at UC Davis, she served as Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Rice University, where she led the development and implementation of programs, curriculum, and partnerships that fostered civic engagement research and activities allowing students and faculty to collaborate with local, national, and global communities. She has also served as an Admissions Reviewer for the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and was an Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. Assistant Dean Butler earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University.