Academic Deans

Arts and Humanities

Taneli Kukkonen

Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities

Taneli Kukkonen is a professor of Philosophy and the Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities. He specializes in classical Arabic philosophy, Aristotle, and the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions from antiquity to the Renaissance. He also has interests in philosophy and pop culture, religious studies, Islamic culture in the classical period, and the early history of science. He is the author of Ibn Tufayl (Oxford, 2014) and over 30 research articles on Arabic philosophy and the Aristotelian tradition.

Before joining NYUAD, Taneli held standing faculty positions in Philosophy at the University of Victoria (Canada); History at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland); and Religious Studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand).


Samer Madanat

Dean of Engineering

Samer Madanat is the Xenel Distinguished Professor of Engineering, former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and former Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.​ ​

Samer received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and an MS and PhD in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.

His research and teaching interests are in the area of transportation infrastructure management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance, the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty, and developing solutions for improving the sustainability of transportation systems.


David Scicchitano

Dean of Science

David Scicchitano is responsible for faculty recruitment, leading the science departments, and developing research.

Since 2004, he has served as director of undergraduate science initiatives for NYU's College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Scicchitano was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in California. For more than 10 years, he has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and as an advisor to McGraw-Hill on biology education.

David holds a PhD in Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine and a BA summa cum laude in Chemistry from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.

Social Science

Hervé Crès

Dean of Social Science

Hervé Crès is a Professor of Economics at New York University in Abu Dhabi, where he officiates as Dean for Social Science.

He has been previously a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, at HEC, Paris, and at Sciences Po, Paris; he has also taught at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Geneva, Koç University in Istanbul, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. His main research interests are in general equilibrium theory, social choice theory, and formal political theory, with a particular emphasis on the study of the role of collective decision mechanisms to fix market failures.

Hervé has held various leadership positions, among which Deputy Director of HEC Grande Ecole, and Vice President and Interim Director at Sciences Po.