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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Alumni

This is my first letter to you as Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology.

I have come to the University of Nebraska from Texas A&M University, where I was a member of the faculty for 21 years. I also received all of my college education at A&M. Thus, I come to Nebraska with a great deal of ignorance about this great state, but I can assure you I also come with few preconceived notions. Rather, I have accepted this position because I share the excitement I have sensed among faculty, alumni, students and people of Nebraska for the potential of a bright future at the University of Nebraska.

My aspirations for the College of Engineering and Technology are bold and far-reaching. Our previous dean, Jim Hendrix, made significant steps to improve the quality of education in our college. I intend to continue this quest for improvement in order to bring engineering at the University of Nebraska to the top echelon of state-funded institutions of higher education in the United States.

Several areas within the college already can be singled out as examples of accomplishments of which Nebraskans can be proud. In the area of undergraduate education, average entering ACT scores for our undergraduate students compare favorably with peer institutions. Evidence of the importance we place on these programs is demonstrated by the Peter Kiewit Institute on our Omaha campus. This award-winning facility continues to broaden and expand in scope, providing a synergistic environment for undergraduate engineering education. In the area of graduate programs and research, our programs in bioengineering, computer systems, infrastructure and nanotechnology are gaining increasing national attention.
Over the next few years, the College of Engineering and Technology will focus on improving undergraduate education and on increasing undergraduate enrollment. In order to improve our national standing so we can attract the very best faculty and students, we also will place increasing emphasis on graduate programs in both education and research. In particular, I expect we will see a significant increase in our doctoral programs in the college.

I must confess this is undoubtedly the biggest professional challenge of my life. I am honored to have been selected to lead the college in this exciting time, and I can assure you of my commitment to achieve success!


          Sincerely,

          David H. Allen

               

Dr. David H. Allen joined the aerospace engineering faculty at Texas A&M in 1981, holding the title of Stewart and Stevenson Professor of Aerospace Engineering since 1992.
He also has been director of International Student Experiences for A&M’s College of Engineering since 1998.

Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at A&M (1972) and spent three years as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force before returning to College Station to earn a master’s (1977) in civil engineering and a doctorate (1980) in aerospace engineering.

He was assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech from 1980 to 1982.

He is a fellow and past president of the Society of Engineering Science, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In 1999, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students.
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