BGSU VCT student, Sarah Selzer, discovers life in the United Kingdom.
A message from the Dean
The College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering enters the new academic year with a record high increase in freshmen enrollment of 21 percent and a record high freshmen retention from a year ago of more than 85 percent!
We have other great news that a large number of our qualified students are receiving the new Technology Works scholarships, up to $5,000, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. These scholarships are expected to be available next year too for qualified continuing students, as well as to freshmen. Our scholarships, our dedicated advising staff, as well as the new mentorship program in the college are all intended to provide different forms of support for our students as they advance through and graduate from the exciting and challenging degree programs in our college.
The college welcomes new faculty including Dr. MD Sarder as the new department chair for engineering technologies, Dr. Hank Blumenthal as an assistant professor in visual communication technology, and Dr. Mohammad Ilbeigi as an assistant professor in construction management, all after international searches. Dr. Russell Mills, associate professor of political science, has been jointly appointed to the faculty in the aviation program. Resmi Krishnankuttyrema has been teaching in the mechatronics engineering technology program and Hannah Dewhirst starts teaching in the architecture and environmental design program this fall. As these new faculty members strengthen the ability of the college to serve students, the Department of Visual Communication and Technology Education’s online Bachelor’s degree program was newly named Management and Technology to reflect new opportunities for students.
The college is proud of the community outreach of our faculty members when they are not teaching our students in a classroom or a lab. Associate professor of aviation, Russ Mills, is part of a team of BGSU faculty studying ways in which airports and communities can attract air service opportunities. Assistant professor of visual communication technology, Jerry Schnepp, and associate professor of mechatronics engineering technology, Mohammad Mayyas recently conducted a summer camp for high school students at the Toledo Museum of Art, where the students created interactive electronic art comprising clay sculptures and electronic components. Dr. Mayyas is also the hub director for the Falcon BEST Robotics competition , which will be held at the BGSU Stroh Center on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Make sure to mark your calendars to volunteer or attend this exciting competition.
As always, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us or join us on social media, whether you would like to share some good news about yourself, have a comment or suggestion about this newsletter or any aspect of the college, or simply would like to help us serve our students even better. Also, please keep us informed of any changes in your email or address, so we can remain in touch.
Venu Dasigi, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering