August 15, 2001

CEFO Minutes 

(B. Sherlock, Secretary)

M I N U T E S

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Tuesday, August 15, 2001 @ 3:00 PM Cameron Applied Research Center, Room 101

 

CEFO President Ed Braun opened the meeting at 3:05 PM. The following individuals signed the attendance sheet:

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING: R. Johnson, B. Creusch, S. Myers, C. Blat, P. Tolly, P. Bovender, C. Lilly, Y. McElwaine, M. Hermann, D. Rowe, K. Kegley, J. Stewart, CAMERON A.R.C.: M. Widowik, H. Leamy, R. Burnett, D. Boyd, J. Brien, COMPUTING & ENGINEERING LABS: C. Price, R. Dyer, J. Halter, CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Lilley, E. Scott, D. Bayer, D. Young, J. Gergely, J. Daniels, M. Kane, J. Graham, R. Janardhanam, V. Ogunro, H. Inyang,ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: D. Binkley, C. Stroud, Y. Kakad, S. Mahaffey, J. Clark, M. Hasan, J. Hudak, R. Tsu, F. TranjanENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: D. Sharer, S. Wang, A. Barry, S. Kuyath, N. Byars, C. Liu, B. Shelnutt, J. Carter, E. Braun, C. Mobley, R. Priebe, D. Murphy, J. Kimble, M. Janssens, D. Ramers, C. Orozco, D. Liou, Dvora Gehring, M. Wilson, MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: K. Lloyd, S. Patterson, L. Nance, J. Micklow, J. Cuttino, J. Raquet, J. Raja, G. Teng, K. Lawton, G. Mohanty, Y Hari, E. Morse, R. Coger, H. Cherukuri, C. Lee, J. Hill, J. Miller, E. Munday, GUESTS: None.http://www.coe.uncc.edu/~jcarter/cefo.

 

I. Approval of minutes

The minutes of the April, 2001 CEFO meeting will be voted on in the next regularly scheduled meeting in September.

II. Introduction of New Faculty and Staff

  • Civil Engineering: Hillary Inyang, John Daniels, Vincent Ogunro, Liz Scott, Donna Tilley
  • Engineering Technology: Stephen Kuyath, David Murphy, Carlos Orozco, Deborah Sharer.
  • Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science:  Matthew Davies, Gerald Micklow, Jeff Raquet, Dongmei Ren, Steven Spears, Libra Nance, Kathy Lloyd,
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Larry Wicker, Ajunct..
  • C.A.R.C:  Mark Widowik, Ruth Burnett, Diana Boyd.
  • COE:  Kristina Kegley

III. Dean's Report, R. Johnson 
Dean Johnson expressed that he has a love-hate relationship associated with the beginning of the semester.  He is delighted to meet the new faculty and staff, welcoming all who have joined.  Upon completion of his first year as the college Dean, he has talked with most of the people in the college. "It is an extraordinary privilege to serve as Dean."

Ongoing Projects: Dean Johnson referred to some of the projects and events of our near future using the "Big rocks in the jar" metaphor utilized by the University Provost during her convocation address:

  • New PhD program in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems.  This will help launch our Civil Engineering program one level further in their development.
  • Global Institute for Infrastructure and Environmental Systems.  This next center for the college will include Hillary Inyang and his team as key players.
  • Plans are underway for a new department in Engineering Management.
  • College-wide Multidisciplinary Design.  We will be the first college in the SouthEast to have this if we can pull it off.
  • Leadership Academy.  Funding will have to be found in order to implement this project.
  • There will be a need to replace some key players in the college, including Cheng Liu as he steps down from the chair of the department of Engineering Technology.
  • SACS will be coming in February, and there are a few remaining and pressing tasks to be completed.   We still to assure that all faculty have current Vitae on file, and our self-study needs to be finished up.   Some finishing touches on assessment are also to be completed. 

 

"Operation ABET":  Dean Johnson offered a $100 gift certificate to any member of the faculty or staff who would volunteer to identify the complete titles for the following acronyms that refer to current, operating organizational modules that are related to college program assessment and improvement.  There were no takers.

  • ICAP (Individual Course Assessment Process)
  • FAIT (Focus Area Improvement Teams)
  • CAC (College Administrative Committee)
  • AIM (Assessment and Improvement Meeting)
  • SPART ( Strategic Planning and Assessment Resource Team)

Other:

ENGR1202 Revision is in progress.

  • The Capital Campaign is going well.  We need a high percentage of faculty participation, so even a small donation from each faculty member would be appreciated and would help the visible posture of the college.
  • The William States Lee College of Engineering has broken into the top 100 colleges assessed by the U.S. News and World Report for "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs with PhD, by Reputation."
  • There has been a dramatic increase in research funding in the college.  Dean Johnson commended the units for their hard and productive work in this area.
  • New buildings associated with the Charlotte Institute are currently in the programming stage.  They will include the new home for ME&ES and the Center for Precision Metrology in one building, and the Dean's office, and Center for Optoelectronics and Communications in a second building.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering will be moving to the new Science and Technology building.  Site work was delayed to save costs by combining the site projects on the multiple buildings.  This will, of course, delay the time to actual construction.
  • The target for the completion of the Charlotte Institute is July 2004.
  • The offices that provide student services and freshman programs will probably stay in the Smith building.
  • Though the current budget "crisis" is implying some coming stressful challenges, there is some good news.  Some sources of new funding include our increased enrollment, the new new tuition increase that is associated with the university redesignation, and the $9.3M that is also associated with the reclassification.
  • IV. Remembrance, Ed Braun. 

A Moment of silence was observed in honor of our friend an colleague, Pao Lin Wang, associate professor of Engineering Technology who unexpectedly passed away during the previous Summer months.  The college expresses appreciation for the very significant contribution that Pao Lin made in his long tenure in the William States Lee college of Engineering, and our sincere condolences are expressed to his surviving family.

V. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:46 p.m.

 

Submit corrections/changes to Dr Barry Sherlock, CEFO Secretary: sherlock@uncc.edu