Margie Pinnell, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Development and Bernhard Schmidt Chair in Engineering Leadership, has been appointed Interim Dean at the School of Engineering, effective early August. His appointment will run until June 2022, when we plan to appoint the next dean following a competitive national search.
Pinnell began her position as Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2000, graduated in 2009 and was promoted to Professor in 2019. She has served as Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Outreach and headed the engineering of technical humanitarian opportunities. for the Service-Learning program (ETHOS) from 2001 to 2010. She holds a joint position with the graduate program in bioengineering.
Throughout his career, Pinnell has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in materials engineering. She has also taught courses related to appropriate technology and research ethics and is the recipient of the University’s Lackner Prize as well as several teaching distinctions.
In addition to her active service in the department, school, and university, Pinnell has worked with the Dayton Regional STEM Center, Air Camp USA, and was named the Blue Angels Key Influencer in 2018. She is currently President of the DO STEM ecosystem, secretary of the Arcade Innovation Hub board of directors and member of the board of directors of Ohio PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope). His research interests include K-12 STEM, professional development, community learning, and experimental materials mechanics. She has secured over $ 2.1 million in external funding for her research.
“I am grateful for the particularly large pool of candidates for this appointment that has emerged in recent weeks,” said President Paul H. Benson. “The operations of the School of Engineering are sound, its academic and research programs continue to develop, and the school’s commitment to the University’s mission and values is evident. I am impressed by the school’s dedication to its mission and strategic priorities during this time of transition.
“I look forward to working with Acting Dean Pinnell and know that she will be an effective, insightful and highly collaborative leader for the School of Engineering over the coming year. “
Current Dean of Engineering Eddy Rojas will assume a new position in early August as Executive Vice President and Rector of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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