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2014-15 Summary Table

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Dean's Advisory Committee (elected)  
Administrative Committee R. Sweigard, Dean
Awards Committee H. Lin, Mechanical Engineering
Computer Committee J. Hochstein, Mechanical Engineering
Diversity Committee D. Hochstein, Associate Dean
Graduate Council W. Haggard, Associate Dean
Outreach Committee I. Surbrook, Director of Student Services
Retention Committee I. Surbrook, Director of Student Services
Safety Committee L. Moore, Civil Engineering
Tenure and Promotion Committee (elected) R. Hewitt, Engineering Technology
Undergraduate Committee D. Hochstein, Associate Dean

In the following committee assignment lists, the committee chair is identified with an "*".


To constitute an organized faculty voice in advising the Dean of the College of Engineering on basic questions of college policy and to prepare and submit recommendations concerning college policy to the faculty and the Dean.  The Advisory Committee and the Dean should maintain an effective and regular communication in order that the needs of the College can be defined and adequately presented to the University administration.  The Committee's agenda will be determined by the Committee and may include items suggested by the Dean, Department Chairs, individual staff members, or any other source.  Committee membership is comprised of the faculty representative to the University Senate elected by each engineering department. 

  E. Lindner - BME T. Banning - ET  
  M. Gkolias - CE J. Marchetta - ME  
  M. Yeasin - ECE    

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To provide an organized forum to advise the Dean of the College of Engineering on the operation and administration of the college.

  R. Sweigard* S. Pezeshk - CE B. Waldron - GWI
  W. Haggard R. Deaton - ECE D. Pallme - IFTI
  D. Hochstein S. Southall - ET S. Armacost - Development
  E. Eckstein - BME S. Acharya - ME I. Surbrook - Recruitment

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Prepare or arrange for the preparation of nominations of faculty, staff, alumni, and students for the various internal and external award programs which are made available to the College. This committee's actions shall not supersede the rights of individuals, departments, or other groups within the College to make such nominations where appropriate.

  G. Bowlin - BME K. Berisso - ET
  M. Gkolias - CE H. Lin* - ME
  P. Lau - ECE K. Grantham

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To serve as a committee of active computer users providing advice and counsel concerning:

  1. Research and education needs of the College of Engineering, including use of the High Performance Computing facility.
  2. Recommendations for hardware and software acquisition.
  3. Policies related to the equipment and facilities.
  J. Williams - BME J. Hochstein* - ME
  C. Camp - CE A. Ramirez - Tech Support
  S. Griffin - ECE Ruhi Mahajan - graduate student
  D. Kohn - ET Carlos Manuel Matos - undergraduate student

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To identify the unique needs and interests of under-represented groups in the College of Engineering and recommend a means by which the College can be more effective in recruiting and retaining students and faculty who comprise these under-represented groups. In addition, the committee is to actively collaborate with the Outreach Committee and each committee member is individually expected to communicate and interact with his/her respective unit in the College in fulfillment of the general charge.

  D. Hochstein* D. Arellano - CE G. Lewis - ME
  I. Surbrook S. Ivey - CE  
  E. Roan - BME P. Lau - ECE  

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Review content of new graduate course offerings and proposed changes to existing graduate courses.  Review proposals for new graduate certificate programs, masters programs or concentrations and PhD programs or majors.  Review proposals for the consolidation of graduate programs, elimination of programs or majors.  Publicize available graduate level scholarships and fellowships administered at the College level, review applications for these scholarships and fellowships and recommend awardees to the Dean.

  W. Haggard* C. Preza - ECE  
  A. Curry - BME C. Williams - ET  
  R. Meier - CE T. Tan - ME  

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Coordinate and develop outreach and recruiting activities within the College of Engineering including the EDay event and all other events and activities available to the local community for promotion of the College of Engineering. Review and select members of the College of Engineering Student Ambassador Board. Develop, in collaboration with the University Marketing office, promotional materials for the college. Continue the enhancement of the College web presence including the portal page as well as departmental pages, possible Facebook and Twitter initiatives, and other developing social media opportunities. Develop a streamlined protocol for recruiting contacts and for a standard set of contact materials along with a contact timeline. Develop a plan of action for outreach for recruiting to local and regional 2-year college programs. Develop a plan of action for outreach for recruiting to undecided majors entering the University of Memphis. Coordinate and centralize information about all K-12 contacts and outreach programs developed through the College and possibly integrated with other University programs. Evaluate and develop new K-12 outreach programs.

  I. Surbrook* A. Robinson - ECE  
  D. Hochstein T. Banning - ET  
  J. Jennings - BME S. Gir - ME  
  S. Ivey - CE    

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Evaluate existing success indicators for incoming students. Obtain and evaluate information on students who have left College of Engineering undergraduate programs. Consider modifications to freshman programs including a joint first-year program for all incoming students. Consider means for identification of at-risk students and strategies to aid these students. Provide a summary report to the Dean’s Administrative and Advisory Committees on student retention at the beginning of each academic year.

  I. Surbrook* C. Camp - CE  
  D. Hochstein M. Yeasin - ECE  
  L. Stewart - Advising K. Berisso - ET  
  A. Curry - BME J. Hochstein - ME  

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To assure the best possible safety conditions in the College of Engineering for students, faculty, staff and visitors.  To make known all safety policies of The University of Memphis including all related legislation.  To assure reasonable and responsible safety procedures are being carried out in each administrative unit of the College as the committee deems appropriate.  To make recommendations regarding safety conditions and procedures in each administrative unit.

  W. Haggard - BME S. Griffin - ECE  
  G. Bowlin - BME J. Newman - ET  
  L. Moore* - CE W. Janna - ME   

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Committee membership is comprised of one elected faculty representative from each engineering department.  The Committee's responsibility is to review the tenure and promotion recommendations prepared by each department and to forward the material to the Dean with its recommendations.  In addition, the Committee should review tenure track faculty midway through their probationary period to verify that satisfactory progress is being made in anticipation of the tenure decision.

E. Lindner -BME (3rd of 3-yr term) R. Hewitt* - ET (2nd of 3-yr term)
R. Meier - CE (1st of 3-yr term) G. Qi-ME (2nd of 3-yr term)
E. Jacobs - ECE (1st of 3-yr term)  

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Review content of new undergraduate course offerings and proposed changes to existing undergraduate courses.  Review proposals for the establishment of new undergraduate programs or concentrations.  Review proposals for the consolidation of undergraduate programs, elimination of programs or concentrations.  Establish and maintain regular contact with the College of Arts and Sciences to determine and implement means by which the performance of engineering students in Arts and Sciences courses can be improved.  Publicize available scholarships, review applications for scholarships administered at the College level and recommend scholarship awardees to the Dean.

  D. Hochstein* E. Jacobs - ECE  
  L. Stewart - Advising T. Banning - ET  
  J. Bumgardner - BME J. Marchetta - ME  
  C. Camp - CE    

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Dr. Gladius Lewis

Dr. Gladius Lewis, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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