Margie Pinnell, associate dean for faculty and staff development and associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received two bits of good news. First, after a successful peer review process, she has been re-appointed to a three year term as associate dean. Second, she has been named a 2018 recipient of the Lackner Award, which honors a lay member of the UD faculty or staff who, over a long period of time, has made a significant contribution to the Catholic and Marianist character of the University. Congratulations, Margie!
Michelle Strunks promoted to Assistant Dean
Michelle Strunks, manager of the Office of Student Success since its inception in 2016, has been promoted to assistant dean effective January 1, 2018. Michelle will work on special projects for the dean in addition to overseeing the work of the Office of Student Success. Congratulations, Michelle!
Record Semester: Innovation Center Completes 60 Projects
The second week in December signifies Christmas on Campus and the start of finals week for many at the University of Dayton. But at the School of Engineering Innovation Center, it also heralds their Capstone Design Symposium, where the spotlight is on the seniors who present their final projects to their clients.
“This semester was a great success – the clients, faculty, staff and projects were outstanding,” said Becky Blust, director of the Innovation Center. “We had over 60 project requests; it was one of our best performing semesters. The challenging assignments help to transform engineering education at UD. Some projects will carryover from fall to spring, but, in 2018, we need another 75.” Read the full Innovation Center story here.
Updated Strategic Plan Introduced
The School of Engineering has updated its 2015 Strategic Plan to align with the University’s vision and reflect the fact that parts of the previous plan have been completed. The document identifies four areas of impact: cultural, societal, organizational and experiential—all of which have associated metrics to measure our progress over time. The new plan brochure is available to download on our websiteand printed copies can be picked up in the Associate Dean’s office.
Recruitment Begins for New Assistantship Program
In 2017, the Dean’s office received approval from the Provost to create 25 new graduate assistant positions to advance research and help recruit outstanding graduate students to the School of Engineering. The Graduate Assistantship in Engineering Program, which provides full tuition plus a monthly stipend, will be phased in over three years. Eight positions will be filled for the 2018-19 academic year, with additional slots available each of the next two years. Each department received one appointment, with mechanical and electrical/computer engineering each receiving two positions due to their size and research volume. Learn more about the Graduate Assistantship in Engineering here.
School Faculty and Staff Enjoy Suite Life
The Dean's office hosted its annual School of Engineering Family Day at the women's basketball game this past weekend. Attendees enjoyed viewing the game from seven suites while munching on pizza and other snacks. Rudy Flyer visited after the first quarter to take photos, and the lady Flyers remained undefeated in the A10 with a decisive victory over VCU.