Mathematical Biologist Lloyd Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Alun Lloyd, Drexel Professor of Mathematics, has been named as the College of Sciences’ associate dean for academic affairs, effective December 19. Lloyd has held the position in an interim capacity since March.
As associate dean, Lloyd will lead the college’s Office of Academic Affairs and oversee student-centered programming and engagement, curricula development and assessment, enrollment management, advising and scholarships. He will also work with staff to enhance the student experience for all College of Sciences majors and promote the recruitment and retention of student populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. A new responsibility for Lloyd and the office will be the oversight of the college’s graduate programs, activities that recently have been handled by other associate deans.
Lloyd has a great deal of experience working with both undergraduate and graduate students. He has advised dozens of students, developed several courses, and has directed or co-directed three National Science Foundation-funded training grant programs that have provided research training opportunities for more than 100 students. He has served as director of NC State’s Biomathematics Graduate Program for over 15 years and has served on the Administrative Board of the Graduate School for more than a decade.
Lloyd is an accomplished mathematical biologist who uses mathematical and statistical approaches to understand the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. Much of his research focuses on the dengue virus that is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same mosquito that transmits the Zika and yellow fever viruses. His work can be used to provide predictions — much like a weather forecast — of how the number of disease cases will grow or fall over time and to explore the impact of control measures aimed at curbing the spread of infection. He has authored more than 120 scientific publications and delivered more than 100 invited research and teaching presentations.
Lloyd received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and his doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Oxford. Following a stint at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, he joined the faculty of NC State in 2003.
His awards and honors include being elected to a lectureship at St. Hilda’s College in Oxford and selection for membership of editorial boards of several journals, including Mathematical Biosciences. His contributions to teaching and interdisciplinary graduate education at NC State have been acknowledged with an Outstanding Teacher Award and an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor award.