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Francis Doyle

Frank Doyle is a professor of Engineering and the 14th provost of Brown University.


Frank Doyle is a professor of Engineering and the 14th provost of Brown University. As
the University's chief academic officer and chief budget officer, Doyle works closely with
the president to advance the University’s mission of teaching, research and service.

Prior to his role at Brown, Doyle served as the John A. Paulson Dean of the Harvard
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard
University, where he was also the John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor. As
dean, he established SEAS as the “connective tissue” of Harvard University, developing
numerous joint programs with other Harvard schools, including new joint master’s
degrees, new executive education programs and a new Ph.D. degree.

Prior to his time at Harvard, Doyle was the Mellichamp Professor at UC Santa Barbara,
where he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Director of the
UCSB/MIT/Caltech Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Associate Dean
for Research in the College of Engineering.

Among a long list of distinctions, Doyle is a member of both the National Academy of
Engineeringand the National Academy of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree
from Princeton University,a certificate of post-graduate studies from Cambridge
University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of