State of the college presented at January meeting

CEAS faculty and staff recently received an update on the state of the college at the first “All-Hands Meeting” of 2017. Dean Toutanji provided an overview of enrollment, research spending, and faculty and staff accomplishments. Among the highlights:

  • The college’s undergraduate enrollment for spring 2017 is 2,188, master’s degree enrollment is 410 and doctoral degree enrollment is 154. While undergraduate and master’s degree enrollment was down slightly over spring 2016, the doctoral program continues to grow.
  • For the period July 1-Dec. 31, 2016, faculty were awarded 22 research grants.
  • $399,387 was approved in November 2016 for department laboratories and infrastructure improvements.

In addition, Toutanji noted that the college received a $5 million gift to create the Georgeau Institute for Construction Research as well as a $500,000 gift for a Georgeau Graduate Endowed Scholarship. The college also received a $100,000 gift to establish the Dr. and Mrs. Bafna Endowed Scholarship.

Other recent activities and initiatives at the college include preparations for the ABET accreditation visit this fall, the hiring of a new faculty member in computer science, planned upgrades for several computer classrooms and new A/V equipment for the Parkview meeting room.

Toutanji provided a brief overview of the activities of the marketing team and its members: Holly Blanks, Scot Conant, Anetra Grice, Andy Kline, Kara Kuchinic, Carey Schoolmaster and student assistant Alyssa Hartsig.

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

Outstanding New Educator
Lina Sawalha
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Outstanding Educator
Parviz Merati
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Outstanding New Researcher
Kristina Lemmer
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Outstanding Researcher
Tianshu Liu
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Outstanding Staff
Richard Sackett
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Outstanding Service
Paul Engelmann
Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems
Toutanji recognized Engelmann’s contributions while serving as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Advising and his strong commitment to students and work on numerous committees related to curriculum and student issues. He presented Englemann with a small gift as a token of appreciation. He also recognized faculty and staff reaching service milestones, including Dr. Jim VanDePolder, associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, for his 50 years of service to WMU.