Feniosky Peña-Mora is a Dominican born engineer, educator, and the 14th Dean of Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Formerly the Associate Provost of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, he has an international reputation for his teaching, research, and leadership in managing engineering programs at world-renowned universities. He is also Columbia University's Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering in the Departments of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Computer Science. Peña-Mora's appointment to one of the top posts in the Ivy League school has garnered much sensationalism in his home country Dominican Republic, and he has been headlined as the country's prodigy son.
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