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A Letter from the Department Chair
Dear Alumni, Friends and Colleagues:
We are pleased to share with you some of the notable accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff from the past academic year. Our faculty members and students continue to enhance their scholarly activities and expand their collaboration within and outside of the university, including international outreach and collaboration. The quality of our program was recognized through ABET by granting the department accreditation for six years.
I am pleased to introduce Dr. Peter Ryan, who joined our faculty in fall 2016 as an associate teaching professor of practice. He will establish multidiscipline design projects, experiments and teams. He has over 27 years of industrial experience as a process engineer with Bayer. Our colleagues, Dr. Liapis and Dr. Sitton, will be retiring as of September 1, 2017. While it is a significant loss of our department at this time, we wish them the best in life. In other faculty news, please join me in congratulating Dr. Liang who has earned his promotion to associate professor with tenure and has been named a Dean’s Scholar, a new award that recognizes research excellence. As well, Dr. Al-Dahhan has obtained the highest academic rank in University of Missouri system as Curators’ Distinguished Professor. Lastly, Dr. Smith has been elected treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Our academic programs have been evolving for the benefit of both Chemical Engineering students and Alumni. Through matching funds from external resources, about $85,000, we were able to obtain $50,000 in equipment funds from the College of Engineering and Computing. This will allow us to add new analytical equipment that will be used for both undergraduate laboratories and graduate research as a centralized analytical lab. Our professional mentoring sessions, organized by the Industrial Advisors Council (IAC) and Student Advisory Council, continues to be a successful advantage to many of our students. Our undergraduate and graduate students continue to actively participate in experiential learning and have won several awards. We have added flexibility to our graduate program by offering distance learning courses for our MS Degree program.
Moving forward, we continue to maintain our strong undergraduate program for which we are known, while enhancing our graduate studies and multidisciplinary efforts. We are proud of our department and we all acknowledge the support and contributions of our Alumni, friends and colleagues. I look forward to working with all of you in advancing our department and in overcoming the challenges ahead of us.
Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan
Curators' Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering