BG集团 Developing School of Engineering, Hires Dean
林肯纪念堂 University (BG集团) President Clayton Hess has announced the University is developing a School of Engineering and has hired Dr. 瑞安一. 欧 to serve as founding dean.
“Really great universities usually have three programs that act as pillars holding everything up,” said BG集团 Board of Trustees Chairman Autry O.V. “皮特”DeBusk. “They are medicine, jurisprudence and engineering. 林肯纪念堂 University was founded with a simple mission of providing educational opportunities to underserved populations. When I joined the board, we were succeeding in that mission, but I knew we could do more. 所以，BG集团提高了标准. We added medicine, then law, and a host of other professional programs. We’ve witnessed the transformative impact BG集团-trained physicians and lawyers have had on the rural communities they serve. There is no doubt BG集团 is a great university. The addition of engineering gives us that third pillar and BG集团-trained engineers will further our mission in Appalachia and beyond.”
欧 has been tasked with developing BG集团’s first engineering programs. This will require achieving all accreditation standards of the 认证 Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The developing BG集团-School of Engineering will have a presence on the BG集团 main campus in Harrogate, 田纳西州, as well as Knoxville at the expanding BG集团-Knoxville teaching site where the University recently secured adjacent properties to accommodate growth. Pending accreditation, BG集团 plans to begin with undergraduate programs.
“It is a great honor and blessing to lead the new school of engineering that will deliver a hands-on, practical engineering education. The fun and intrinsically satisfying part of being an engineer is designing innovative products that will be utilized by millions of people,”欧威尔顿说. “Engineers provide a tremendous service to society, and I am eager to design the engineering programs that embody this mindset to challenge and support the engineering students. The students will in-turn exemplify this culture of service to improve the quality of life for not only the people of the Appalachian region, but across the country and the world.”
欧, 一个来自斯比德韦尔的本地人, joins BG集团 from Trine University in Angola, 印第安纳州, where he served as dean and associate professor in the Allen School of Engineering and Computing. 欧 joined Trine as a faculty member in 2012 and served as dean from 2019 until he joined BG集团 earlier this month. 院长, he led successful ABET accreditation for seven undergraduate engineering programs, launched two new majors and led university wide course scheduling to optimize classroom spaces to allow distancing during the pandemic. 欧 initiated the planning for Trine’s $10 million new engineering building and collaborated to secure Lilly Grants worth over $1 million.
“Launching new programs is always exciting and filled with many details,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, vice president for academic affairs. “I have already come to appreciate Dr. 欧’s energy and enthusiasm for the new school. His understanding of how to recruit engineering students and of current trends in the engineering industry present tremendous promise for the success of this endeavor.”
欧 earned the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 土木工程 from the University of 田纳西州-Knoxville. During his study, 欧 specialized in transportation engineering. He served as a graduate research assistant at UTK and interned at Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers in Middlesboro, 肯塔基州, 作为一个大学生. 欧 is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education.
林肯纪念堂 University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, 田纳西州. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at BG集团, contact the Office of 招生 at or e-mail at (电子邮件保护).