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Professor Frank Gerner Accepts Associate Dean Position

As many of you know, in Autumn quarter 2004, I accepted the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Administrative Affairs for the College of Engineering. During Autumn quarter I served as both Associate Dean and Department Head for MINE. I was both relieved and extremely pleased when Dr. Teik Lim became Department Head at the beginning of Winter quarter 2005. When we hired Teik three years ago from the University of Alabama, I was aware that he was an outstanding researcher and teacher. Working with him for the past three years, I have learned that he is punctual, unselfish, hardworking and a team player. All qualities that will make him an exceptional Department Head for MINE.  We are very lucky to have him as Department Head.

As I step down as Department Head, I wish to thank the students, staff and faculty of MINE for all of their support. As those of you with administrative experience realize, a department head is unable to implement any significant changes on his own. The only thing that one can do is assist and support the faculty and staff as they serve our students.

We have made significant progress during the past four years. Our most important accomplishments include the hiring of nine truly outstanding faculty members, including an Eminent Scholar and our new Department Head. The faculty has greatly expanded our research base and our course offerings. With the help of the College and central administration, we greatly improved our instructional and research space and improved our laboratories. As some of you are aware, hiring and retaining faculty is becoming increasingly competitive.

Fortunately, we were able to obtain equity adjustments for our exceptional faculty and raises for some of our outstanding staff. While it was not without pain, the suspension of admissions to our Industrial Engineering B.S. program will allow us to concentrate our limited resources and build centers of excellence.

In summary, MINE has an exceptional faculty and staff. Our students are second to none. Under Dr. Lim’s leadership, I am confident that our research and educational program’s will become even more excellent. While I am now in College Administration, I will always be proud of the fact that I am a faculty member in Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering.