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Fenn Forum: An E-newsletter from the Fenn College of Engineering

Summer 2011


Dean GhorashiA Farewell from Dean Ghorashi

After having had the honor to serve Fenn College of Engineering as the dean for nearly five years and having reached my goals, I have decided to return to the faculty in order to pursue other professional development prospects. Over the period of my tenure, together with your help and a talented group of faculty, staff and students, we were able to surmount many challenges and initiate numerous new programs. Click here to read more.


Pic of Spring GalaState of the College Address & Spring Gala

The Fenn College of Engineering held its State of the College Address & Spring Gala on Thursday April 21st in the Student Center Ballroom. The event featured Dean Bahman Ghorashi's annual State of the College Address, remarks by civil engineering student Matt Winters and a performance by vocalist Tina Beltavski. Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the Spring Gala raised over $20,000 to support engineering scholarships. We extend a special thank you to Parker Hannifin and Middough Inc. for sponsoring the event.


Ronald LedinRonald R. Ledin, ‘68, Endows Fenn Academy with Generous Donation

Cleveland State University and the Fenn College of Engineering extend sincere gratitude to alumnus Ronald Ledin who recently endowed the Fenn Academy through a generous donation. The Ronald R. Ledin Fenn Academy Engineering Education Endowment Fund will provide annual funding for Fenn Academy, a partnership among CSU, local high schools and corporations that promotes engineering education and careers. Mr. Ledin was integral to the creation of Fenn Academy in 2005 and provides valuable feedback from an industry perspective.

Ronald Ledin graduated from the CSU in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He completed his degree as a part-time evening student while maintaining a full-time teaching position and working part-time at Middough Inc., an engineering consulting firm. Today, Mr. Ledin serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Middough, which has grown into a global firm with offices nationwide.


Pic of Dr. Stephen DuffyDr. Duffy Honored with Technical Educator Award

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Duffy who won the 2011 Technical Educator Award from the Cleveland Technical Societies of Council. This award is given to educators in Northeast Ohio who contribute to technical education methods and inspire students to pursue technical careers. To read the full press release, click here.


Engineers without Borders in BelizeEngineers Without Borders is Building in Belize

Cleveland State University’s student chapter of Engineers Without Border continues to fulfill its five-year commitment to improving the quality of life in a remote village in Belize. The village’s highest priority is to build a new school building that will double as a hurricane shelter. With over three years of assessment trips to Belize and planning on campus, construction of the school broke ground this April. Three separate groups of CSU students and faculty advisors traveled to Belize this year to aid in the construction and oversight of the school. Follow EWB’s progress on its website.


Pic of the Order of Engineer ceremonyOrder of the Engineer

Fenn College's 41st annual Order of the Engineer Induction and Student Award Ceremony was held on April 26th in Drinko Hall. More than 40 seniors and three honorary members were inducted into The Order of the Engineer by taking an ethical oath and receiving a steel ring that serves as a symbolic reminder of the obligations of being an engineer. In 1970, CSU was the first U.S. school to host the Order of the Engineer Ceremony, becoming the first “link” of the Order that now includes 189 links nationwide.


Appointment of new Fenn faculty

Fenn College is proud to announce the appointment of two new faculty members for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins, Civil Engineering Department
Dr. Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering for the University of Waterloo and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University. In her role at CSU, she will collaborate with CSU’s University Transportation Center, industry, government and professional organizations to study work zone safety and efficiency.

Dr. Chandra Kothapalli, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department
Dr. Kothapalli earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Andhra University in India, and master's degrees in chemical engineering and materials sciences from Mississippi State University and University of Connecticut, respectively. Dr. Kothapalli plans to build a research program at the interface of engineering and biology with clinical applications in regenerating diseased or injured tissues and organs.


Give to Fenn College

What better way to show your pride as a CSU engineering graduate than by making a charitable donation to your alma mater? Support from our alumni benefits current and future students by increasing the CSU’s capacity to award scholarships and enhance its programs and facilities. Click here to make your contribution today.


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