September 2016 Newsletter

Message from the Dean

Dean’s WelcomeThe College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering is excited to bring this new issue of the college newsletter to you. Your input as a student, faculty or staff member, alumni, partner from the industry and the professional community, or simply as a friend and patron, is highly valued by the faculty, staff, and administration. Please feel free to contact or me, whether you have a comment or suggestion about this newsletter or any aspect of the college, or would like to discuss any questions.

The college is proud to announce that Dr. Fei Gao has recently been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Visual Communications and Technology Education, and received tenure as well; Dr. Gao has an excellent reputation as a teacher with students, and her reputation as a scholar is evidenced by her dozens of peer-reviewed publications, many of which are in highly reputed journals. Ms. Catherine Smith, the chief flight instructor in our aviation studies program, has been promoted to senior lecturer.


The college has hired new faculty members in almost all of our departments. Searches for new leadership are expected to conclude by July 1, 2017 for the Department of Engineering Technologies, and the Departments of Architecture and Environmental Design and Construction Management (which will be led by a director of the new School of the Built Environment, when the departments form the school in the near future).  In the interim, Dr. Sudershan Jetley will serve as chair of the Department of Engineering Technologies, and Dr. Andreas Luescher will serve as the chair of the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design. Dr. Alan Atalah, associate dean for graduate and faculty affairs assumes the additional responsibility as interim chair for the Department of Construction Management.

The Undergraduate Student Services area has seen several retirements and has an entirely new, and highly dedicated staff, engaged and working together to assist our students in ensuring success in their degree programs while at BGSU and in their careers or graduate studies afterwards.  If you have recently been in the Technology Building, you may have noticed that the Technology Store has a new supervisor.  

I am very pleased to announce that a generous donation of ten industrial robots, and a complete set of associated hardware and software, valued at over $800,000 to create an integrated lab experience for students in the Department of Engineering Technologies has recently been received from Rixan Associates, Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio. Stephen Harris, president of the company, and his wife, Debbie, are alumni and met while at BGSU. This equipment will support undergraduate instruction in the area of mechatronics and robotics, as well as graduate research, and opportunities to train employees from the advanced manufacturing industry on some of the latest approaches to integrating robots into manufacturing.

Another exciting development is the modernization of all classrooms and many labs in the Technology Building. New interactive, “short throw” projectors were installed in the classrooms and the computer labs before the beginning of the Fall semester. Some of the Visual Communication Technology labs are receiving additional upgrades involving interactive television monitors, as required by the classes.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the generosity of our scholarship donors. I speak for students, faculty, and staff when I say scholarships make a real difference for our students, not infrequently making the impossible possible! THANK YOU!

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Venu Dasigi

Dean, Interim of the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering