Three faculty appointments approved

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of three professors.

The appointment of Alejandro Zaera-Polo as dean of the School of Architecture and professor of architecture, which was announced in March, has been approved and is effective July 1, 2012. Zaera-Polo has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton since 2008. He is the founder and principal of Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture, an international practice based in London and Barcelona, and was a founding partner of London-based Foreign Office Architects. Zaera-Polo is a graduate of the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University.

Marcus Hultmark has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for a three-year term, effective Sept. 1, 2012. Hultmark, whose research focuses on gas dynamics, earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2011 and currently serves as associate research scholar in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He also holds a master's degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Ilana Witten has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2012. A specialist in neuroscience, she is a 2002 graduate of Princeton and earned her Ph.D. in 2008 from Stanford University, where she currently serves as a postdoctoral fellow.