Civil Engineering Chair selected as First Provost’s Faculty Fellow in International Affairs

David Zeng

David (Xiangwu) Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Frank H. Neff Professor, has been appointed the inaugural Provost’s Faculty Fellow in International Affairs. The appointment is awarded to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated a commitment to the internationalization of Case Western Reserve University.

Zeng was recommended for this role to Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack III by David Fleshler, vice provost for international affairs. Zeng will serve as co-chair of the International Affairs Advisory Council (IAAC) and act as a key advisor to the Center for International Affairs. The IAAC includes faculty across all schools and guides the ongoing internationalization of CWRU.

“As a leader on campus and a mentor to international students, Dr. Zeng has been one of CWRU’s most active faculty members in promoting the internationalization of the university. He is the ideal person to serve as the inaugural Provost’s Faculty Fellow,” said Vice Provost Fleshler.

“I am amazed by the progress made in the internationalization of CWRU in recent years and I look forward to new opportunities for international collaborations,” said Zeng.

Zeng serves as the faculty advisor to the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and travels to Tianjin University each year to teach a summer study abroad course in engineering. Zeng also advises the Case School of Engineering and the university on how to best approach international universities, governments and organizations in ways that will benefit the academic and institutional internationalization of CWRU.