Jennie Gallimore to lead College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
A message from the Dean
The College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering is proud of our students, faculty and staff who have been busy excelling in what they do best. The mechatronics engineering technology program, which includes courses that involve programming Mitsubishi industrial robots in the Stephen and Deborah Harris/RIXAN Robotics Laboratory, has graduated the first student, John Pankow, who has immediately been employed. Kristen Grom, a recent visual communication technology graduate presented her business idea at The Hatch and received funding and incubation support. Dr. Jerry Schnepp, visual communications and technology education, mentored several undergraduate students on research projects, and his work was recognized with the Elliot L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Innovative Basic Research/Creative Work Award. Meanwhile, Dr. MD Sarder has been named as a board member of the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education of the Materials Handling Institute of America (MHI). Not to be outdone, Lori Schultz, assistant director of advising, and Melissa Webb, adviser, received the Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Program Award. The excellence of our faculty and staff is always directed toward our students, and when students graduate and go on to accomplish much on their own, all of us are justifiably proud.
My tenure as interim dean will draw to a close after four and a half years at the end of June, when I pass the baton to Dr. Jennie Gallimore as the new dean of the college. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful accomplishments of the college during this period. Several programs achieved new accreditations (ABET and ATMAE) or are well on their way toward initial accreditation, while others continue with theirs. New or renovated facilities for aviation and architecture, a named robotics laboratory for the newly created mechatronics engineering technology program, and the new School of the Built Environment are now part of the college. Successful national searches have been conducted for the chair of engineering technologies and director of the new school. Advising and mentoring have been enhanced to achieve better retention of students, and a grant from the state supports up to $375,000 each year in scholarships to qualifying students in the college.
I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, whose hard work and team spirit have led to such wonderful progress, and wish the college a great future filled with many more accomplishments toward excellence! I assure you that "out of sight" does not mean "out of mind," but "very much in the heart."
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Venu Dasigi, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
July 22-29 - EAA Air Adventure - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Sept 1-3 - Cleveland Air Show - Burke Lakefront Airport
Sept 15-16 - Wings and Wheels - Marion County Airport
Sept 29 - Wood County Air Fair – Wood County Regional Airport
Oct 12-14 - Homecoming
Nov 11 - Falcon BEST Robotics Competition
Fall - Co-op 50th Anniversary Events