Campus: CSU Fresno -- February 11, 2005
Fresno State to Retain, Revitalize College of Engineering
The important and growing role for the study of engineering in Central
California has prompted leaders at California State University, Fresno to set in
place a process to retain and revitalize its College of Engineering.
"The university will work to ensure that Fresno State's engineering instruction
reflects the true need for advanced engineering studies in the region," said Jeri
Echeverria, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Fresno State's plan for the engineering college focuses on broadening the college's
scholarly work, developing stronger relationships with regional engineering firms,
increasing fund raising and grant activity, and recruiting students more
Echeverria and the faculty are planning to adjust the organizational structure of
the College of Engineering. The college will now be composed of two new departments:
the Civil and Geomatics Engineering and Construction Department and the Electrical,
Computer and Mechanical Engineering Department.
As part of the plan, Echeverria announced the appointment of a new interim dean
for the College of Engineering. Dr. Andrew Hoff will serve as the interim dean
through spring 2007.
Echeverria said Hoff's experience as a successful administrator on campus will
assist him in leading the college during this period of revitalization and in
preparing for the recruitment of a permanent dean in the future.
Hoff has a long history of accomplishments as a professor on the Fresno State
faculty, and most recently has served as associate dean in the College of Health
and Human Services. In that role, he oversees several areas in the college
including faculty and staff personnel, facilities, technology, student affairs,
curriculum, research, and community outreach.
Echeverria said the College of Engineering needed to take a fresh look at its
curriculum and its interrelationships with engineering and construction firms in
The university is recognized as one of the best universities in the U.S. for its
involvement in regional issues. Last June the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities selected Fresno State as one of four universities in
the country as a model for regional cooperation and leadership.
"Fresno State must keep our engineering coursework relevant and up to date,"
Echeverria said. "Our industry partners and regional experts have been very
helpful in assisting us in the development of our revitalization plan."
A new advisory council to the interim dean is being established, composed of
leading engineers, community leaders and construction managers from academia and
industry, to provide guidance to the College of Engineering. Among the new members
of that group are Harry Moore, president of Twining Laboratories Inc. of Fresno;
Dr. Donald Kirk, retired dean of the San Jose State College of Engineering;
Stephen Becker of Mechanical Design Concepts of Fresno and Glen Waehner, senior
vice president of Pelco in Clovis.
Fresno State's engineering program boasts many successful alumni, including
former NASA astronaut Steven R. Nagel, Space Shuttle Columbia Commander, the
late Rick Husband, and retired Rockwell International CEO Sam Iacobellis, who
led development of the B1 bomber.
The Fresno State engineering program is the only publicly supported engineering
college in the San Joaquin Valley.
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster, (559) 278-5292 or (559)