State of the college presented at January meeting

CEAS faculty staff

CEAS faculty and staff recently received an update on the state of the college at the first “All-Hands Meeting” of the year. Dean Toutanji provided an overview of enrollment, research spending and faculty and staff accomplishments. Among the highlights:

  • Undergraduate enrollment in the college is at 2,183 – up 2.8 percent over spring 2015. Master’s degree enrollment is down 6.1 percent from last spring with 463 students. The doctoral program has grown 6.8 percent and now has 141 students.
  • During the 2014-15 academic year, 313 undergraduates were awarded degrees. In addition, 151 master’s degree students and 10 doctoral students received degrees.
  • Research grants for the fiscal year 2014-15 totaled almost $3.9 million, a significant increase over the previous year.

The mechanical and aerospace engineering department continues to draw the most students, but there were also slight increases in chemical and paper engineering, computer science and the electrical and computer engineering departments.

“We should be pleased at the overall stability of our college,” Toutanji said. “The growth and interest in our doctoral program across disciplines is very positive as well.” Also noteworthy, he said, was the establishment of 2 + 2 agreements with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, allowing easy transfer of credits between the two schools.

He said faculty and staff will be busy preparing for ABET accreditation in 2017-2018 with a mock visit scheduled this year. And a mechanical and aerospace engineering committee is developing university guidelines for drones and unmanned vehicles.

Other recent activities and initiatives included the hiring of two new faculty members in computer science, the renovation of the college’s auto lab as well as the renovation of Kohrman Hall for faculty offices. The college’s website also is migrating to a new format.

In addition, a new CEAS Graduate Student Council and CEAS Graduate Council were formed.

During the meeting, Toutanji recognized a number of faculty, staff and students. Those receiving faculty/staff awards included:

Outstanding New Educator
Dr. Jim Springstead
Chemical and Paper Engineering

Outstanding New Researcher
Dr. Fahad Saeed
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Outstanding Researcher
Dr. Zijiang (James) Yang
Computer Science

Outstanding Staff
Tamara Bergman
Dean’s Office

Other faculty recognized for recent accomplishments were:

Dr. Massood Atashbar
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Tycho Fredericks
Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management

Dr. Pablo Gomez
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Margaret Joyce
Chemical and Paper Engineering

Dr. Jiansong Zhang
Civil and Construction Engineering

The following students also were recognized for recent achievements:

Sai Guruva Reddy Avuthu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Student Best Paper award, Chemical Sensors Track at IEEE Sensors 2015 Conference

Richard Atta Boateng, Department of Civil Engineering, first place Student Paper Competition, Institute of Transportation Engineers Great Lakes District

Amer Abdulmahdi Chlaihawi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, awarded $900 graduate student research grant

Dinesh Maddipati, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, awarded $900 graduate student research grant