H. Keith Moo-Young, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. H. Keith Moo-Young joined Washington State University as Chancellor of the Tri-Cities campus on June 1, 2013. WSU Tri-Cities is one of three urban campuses in the WSU system, with more than 1,400 students, 90 full-time faculty, and more than 400 additional staff. As the visionary leader of WSU Tri-Cities, Dr. Moo-Young provides the overall direction for all campus programs, activities and services with responsibility for academic leadership, fiscal management and the physical and human resource development of the campus.
Previously, Dr. Moo-Young served as Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. Before joining CSULA in August 2006, he was Interim Dean of Engineering and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he had oversight of the Management of Technology and Systems Engineering Masters Degree Programs, as well as the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. He also served as Professor at Lehigh University.
A licensed Professional Engineer, Dr. Moo-Young’s research interests include solid and hazardous waste management, environmental containment, and remediation technologies. He is recognized nationally as a leading scholar in both Management of Technology and Environmental Engineering.
Dr. Moo-Young earned his Ph.D. and a master of science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Morgan State University. He is a graduate of both the Wharton School of Business, where he received an Executive Master’s degree in Management of Technology, and of Harvard University’s Management Development Program.
As a result of his research and public policy work, Dr. Moo-Young was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has received numerous awards and honors, including U.S. Black Engineer of the Year, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and the General Electric Faculty Fellowship. Moreover, he has more than 200 refereed papers and invited talks. Dr. Moo-Young currently serves as the chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee and holds memberships in many professional organizations, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Moo-Young’s career commitment to STEM education includes outreach to inner-city high schools to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr. Moo-Young also established the VESTED Program at Villanova University and at Cal State L.A. which aims to increase STEM literacy through a summer camp learning experience for talented and gifted high school students from underserved communities. He also helped establish the IMPACT LA program, which partners graduate teaching fellows with middle and high school science and math teachers within the East Los Angeles area.
Dr. Moo-Young actively serves on the boards of several organizations, including Great Minds in STEM, the County of Los Angeles Business Technology Center (BTC) and the Hispanic Engineering National Award Achievement Corp. He was selected by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as a member of its Engineering Deans Council (EDC) Public Policy Committee.
One of seven children born to parents who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica, Chancellor Moo-Young learned early on the skills of diplomacy, negotiation, and compromise. He applies these tools scholastically with his belief that a good, thorough, and usable education must also include strong arts, humanities, and general education programs to create a true culture of creativity.
With his wife, Monika, and their three young children, Chancellor Moo-Young represents the highest standard of education, civic commitment, and forward thinking as a community for the betterment and enrichment of all.