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Dr. James P. Holloway

HollowayVice Chair, STC.UNM Board of Directors
Provost  & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNM


BS – Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois
MA – Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics – Part III of Mathematical Tripos, Cambridge University
PhD – Engineering Physics, University of Virginia

Business/Research Background

Dr. Holloway was previously the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan where he had served since 2013.  He focused on ways in which the U-M engages the world through both scholarship and education, facilitating the creation of interdisciplinary activities that span from sustainability scholarship to engaged research in poverty alleviation.  Dr. Holloway joined U-M as an assistant professor for Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences in 1990.  Additional roles at U-M have included the William Davidson Institute Board (2014 – present), Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education (2013 – 2016), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Engineering, (2007 – 2013), and Interim Director, Wilson Student Team Project Center, College of Engineering, (2011).

Particular Knowledge and Skills

Dr. Holloway’s research in the nuclear engineering field has focused on computational and mathematical modeling of neutral particle transport, plasma kinetics and hydrodynamics, and related problems in inverse problems and plasma tomography. Along with his students, he developed the first Riemann solvers for time dependent neutral particle transport, which included the first successful solutions of low-order nonlinear maximum entropy closures for transport equations.  He served as co-PI on the University of Michigan’s CRASH center, and led the center’s uncertainty quantification program.

He has also undertaken research in engineering education, including the study of student identity and gender in the engineering classroom. His teaching has spanned from large first year classes to specialized graduate level courses. He has taught a course for education students on engineering in the high school classroom, and also taught a class on Engineering Across Cultures, not only in Ann Arbor but also in Kumasi, Ghana, and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

He has received several awards and honors during his academic career, including the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education (2007); the Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award for the work of the CRASH Center (2014); the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award (2011); Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow (CIC-ALP Fellow) (2005); and the Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Alpha Nu Sigma Faculty Teaching Award and the Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award, both in 2004.