ORG Colorado State University Title VP for IT and Dean of Libraries BIO Dr. Burns received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley in the area of heat transfer and energy systems. He joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Colorado State University in August of 1978, and performed research and teaching in that department for 20 years, rising to the rank of full professor. During this time, he served for ten years as the Principal Investigator for and Director of the Westnet regional network that spanned six western states. In January 1998, he became Director of Academic Computing and Networking Services at Colorado State University, and eventually became the Vice President for Information Technology. In July 2008, he was given the joint appointment as interim Dean of CSU Libraries and became Dean of CSU Libraries in 2010. He is very experienced at communications and consensus building, and has found these skills to be invaluable in his endeavors.