Enrique Lavernia was appointed UCI's provost & executive vice chancellor July 1, 2015. Lavernia is the chief academic and operating officer for the campus, with primary responsibility for UCI's teaching and research enterprise. He came to UCI after serving as dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering. He also served as Davis' interim provost & executive vice chancellor for two years, resuming his position as dean in 2011. Prior to his arrival at Davis in 2002, he served as chair and Chancellor's Professor in UCI’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Lavernia has published more than 500 journal and 200 conference publications on topics ranging from nanomaterials to aluminum alloys. He earned a B.S. in solid mechanics in 1982 from Brown University; an M.S. in metallurgy in 1984 from MIT; and a Ph.D. in materials engineering in 1986, also from MIT. Lavernia was born in Cuba, then left as a child refugee with his family, who raised him in Puerto Rico.