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Class of 2021 to be Larger, More Diverse

Thanks to the leadership of the Diversity in Engineering Center and the participation of many faculty and staff members, the School of Engineering had achieved all of its goals for the incoming class of 2021. According to Dean Eddy Rojas, the “sweet spot” for the School was to recruit between 450-500 new students.  While numbers will fluctuate through the summer, 482 new students have enrolled and the expectation is that approximately 500 students will arrive in the fall. Some highlights:
  • Minority enrollment is up approximately 5 percent, from a previous high of 13 percent to 18.3 percent next year. 
  • Female enrollment was also up by 5 percent to nearly 28 percent. Perhaps even more striking is that 54% of the students who declared chemical engineering as their major are female ((30 females vs. 26 males).
  • The most popular declared major was mechanical engineering (185 students) with 110 students entering the Discover Engineering program to decide their future direction.
  • The incoming class of engineering technology majors is the largest in the school's history. See the May 2 report here.

Mutual Respect in Dialogue

Last summer, Kenya Crosson, associate professor in civil engineering, was named a Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center (LTC) Faculty Development Fellow. “Some dialogues are difficult,” says Dr. Crosson, as she reflects on her first year as LTC Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. This fall, Crosson and her LTC faculty development fellow colleague, Suki Kwon, plan to unroll an innovative program that will help guide faculty and initiate respectful conversations. Read more.

Annual SoE Breakway

Sixteen faculty and staff members and the planning committee led by Peg Mount spent two days in retreat at the Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning in Beavercreek May 9-10. Participants learned about the Marianist principles of community and service while making new connections within the School. The group broke into teams to volunteer for an afternoon of service at three local non-profit organizations serving the poor, heard speakers, did a nature walk and spent time in reflection and fellowship.

More Baby News

Congratulations to Mohammad Esmaeili, professor of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology and his wife on the birth of their son, Mohammadali, on May 8. Little Mohammadali arrived a bit early and needed some extra care, but everyone is doing fine now.
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