September 6, 2007

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Stuart Smith, President
James Conrad, President Elect
Ertunga Ozelkan, Secretary
David Binkley, Parliamentarian
Thursday, September 6, 2007, 12:30 PM
Cameron Applied Research Center , Room 101

Regular Meeting
The following individuals signed the attendance sheet:
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING: R. Johnson, R. Smelser, T. Rufty, K. Elmore, M. Hermann, W. Heybruck
OFFICE of STUDENT DEVELOPMENT & SUCCESS: P. Tolley, D. Blackmon, C. Blat, K. Franco, L. Thurman
CIVIL ENGINEERING: J. Amburgey, J. Anderson, J. Bowen, D. Boyajian, J. Gergely, J. Graham, H. Hilger, M. Kane, D. Naylor, V. Ogunro, S. Pulugurtha, K. Warren, D. Weggel, D. Young
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: D. Binkley, L. Casperson, I. Howitt, J. Hudak, B. Joshi, Y. Kakad, V. Lukic, A. Mukherjee, A. Nasipuri, F. Tranjan, J. Xie, S. Mahaffer, R. Adams
ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT: C. Lim, E. Ozelkan, Y. Sireli, S. G. Teng
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: N. Byars, T. Cavalline, B. Gehrig, D. Hoch, P. Kabengela, J. Kimble, S. Kuyath, D. Liou, D. Murphy, T. Nicholas, C. Orozco, R. Priebe, D. Sharer, B. Sherlock, E. Yang., M. Noras, A. Zhou, M. Wilson, C. Denton, W. Meier, C. Whitehead, P. Schmidt, R. Coowar
MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: K. Bose, H. Chekuri, A. El-Ghannam, G. Elliot, J. Hill, R. Hocken, S. Kelly, C.Y. Lee, J. Raja, J. Raquet, L. Sharpe, F. Skinner, S. Smith, G. Wilson, T. Xu, P. Tkacik, P. Ramaprabhu, L. Nance, A. Galambosi-Ozelkan,
GUESTS: L. Stanton
Documented attendance: 91 total
Documented attendance of voting faculty: 56
Total Voting Faculty: 93
Quorum of voting faculty: 47

1. Call to order (CEFO president, Stuart Smith)

Stuart Smith called the meeting to order at 12:30 PM.

2. Approval of past minutes (from April 5 and April 24, 2007 meetings) (Stuart Smith)

A motion to approve was made and seconded, then passed on a voice vote.

3. Introduction of new faculty and staff members: The Dean and each Department Chair/Program Director (or a Department Representative in their absence) introduced the new faculty and staff in the COE. The following is the list of new faculty/staff introduced:

David Young introduced for the Civil Engineering
Tammy Sabatino, Student Services Specialist
Cynthia Dixon, Business Services Specialist
David Naylor Lecturer
William Saunders, Ph.D., Lecturer

For the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ryan Adams – Asst. Prof.

Lee Casperson introduced for the Engineering Technology
Rosida Coowar, Associate Prof. and Asst. Chair
Maciej Noras, Asst. Prof.
Peter Schmidt, Asst. Prof.
Jozef Urbas, Associate Prof.
Eunice Yang, Asst. Prof.
Aixi Zhou, Asst. Prof.

Jay Raja introduced for the Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science
Ahmed El-Ghannam, Associate Prof.
Scott Kelly, Associate Prof.
Praveen Ramaprabhu, Asst. Prof.
Larry Sharpe, Faculty Associate and Undergraduate Coordinator
Nilabh Srivastava, Asst. Prof.
Peter Tkacik, Asst. Prof.
Zhang, Asst. Prof. (to start in Jan)

Gary Teng introduced for the Engineering Management Program
Sharon S. Green, Administrative Support Associate

The Dean (Bob Johnson) introduced
Bill Labor, who is responsible for industry solutions
Ben Moller, development officer

Jack Stein introduced for the Mosaic Group
Charles Dewitt, Systems Programmer, Windows Support
4. Dean’s report (Bob Johnson, Dean)

Dean Johnson provided the following items of interest and information to the faculty:

Some upcoming college events were announced:

Annual College of Engineering Picnic 11:00 – 2:00.
Hayes Field. Inquire with your department or OSDS (Smith 228) for tickets and information.
Friday, 10/12/2007

Discover Engineering Open House in Woodward Hall from 12:00 4:00
Friday, 11/9/2007

The budget for 2007 is not ready yet. But the Dean reminded that the legislature did mandate $1 million cuts. Also added the following budget related activities
First installment was made for the new Engineering Building, EPIC, next to Grigg Hall, future home Civil and Elect Eng, the Dean thanked David Young and all others for their effort raising money. For the new motorsports lab, pulled together $4M, thanks to Jay Raja, Jim Cuttino. Landed $3M one time money, largest onetime budget ever. There have been several important purchases and upgrades were made over the past year including: New grey truck for Civil Engineering, New furniture in Smith, Mosaic upgrades, Upgrades to clean-room, Geo-tech lab, Fluid lab, Power eng gear, Bio-eng gear, etc.
GA will act on approving BS in Systems Engineering.
Enrollments moving 7.2 % up this semester, 16% grad enrollment increased, Undergrad 6%
The dean mentioned about the new student-owned computer initiative by Jack Stein.
Hiring of new faculty-staff will slow-down.
Proposal to Advanced Programs funding for recruiting grad students for female faculty may be available
Several challenges for the college: Design of new building, raising money for second installment, ABET, next Fall need to write a self study.

5. Software available to the students and an overview of new teaching tools
Jack Stein gave a brief presentation about software and teaching tools: mentioned about Steve Clarks initiative on clickers that help students interact with professors to ask questions and software availability through MSDN academic Alliance which are downloadable thru web.
Lorraine Stanton, FcTel demonstrated Second Life virtual reality software.

6. Other items of interest to faculty

Bob Johnson announced that Helene Hilger is selected for B. of America Teaching Award.
Adjourn (Stuart Smith)

A motion to adjourn was made and seconded, then passed on a voice vote. The meeting was then adjourned by Stuart Smith at 1:30 PM.

Please submit additions or corrections to Ertunga C. Ozelkan, CEFO Secretary at ecozelka AT uncc DOT edu .