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Anthony J. Marchese

Dean, College of Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Anthony J. Marchese is the Dean of Engineering and Vincent and Estelle Murphy Professor of Engineering at The University of Rhode Island. Marchese holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was previously Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. His academic career has focused on providing access to student success in higher education and developing innovative energy solutions in response to societal challenges in climate, environment, and human health. His research focuses on increasing efficiency in internal combustion engines, developing transportation fuels from algae, designing clean burning biomass cookstoves for developing economies and mitigating methane emissions from the U.S. natural gas infrastructure. His recent work on methane emissions has been published in Science, Nature Communications and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has informed regulatory policy and industrial practices. In 2004, he received the Kauffman Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award by the American Society of Engineering Education in recognition of his work in engineering entrepreneurship education. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Chair of the U.S. Sections of The Combustion Institute. He has previously held positions at Rowan University, United Technologies Research Center and NASA Glenn Research Center.


  • 2022–present
    Dean of Engineering, University of Rhode Island