About the Vice President for Student Affairs
Joseph E. Shepherd is the C. L. “Kelly” Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. He was Dean of Graduate Studies from 2009-2015 and is currently Vice President for Student Affairs (2015-) and Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Student Affairs (2018-). He has been on the faculty at Caltech since 1993 and he served on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1986 to 1993. Prior to that, he was a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech and a BS in Physics from the University of South Florida.