Dr. Nino A.
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Nino Masnari to Step Down as College of Engineering
Nino A. Masnari
Dr. Nino A. Masnari, dean of the College of Engineering
at North Carolina State University, has announced that
he will step down from the position at the end of July
Dean of the college since August 1996, Masnari has
overseen major growth in enrollments, research funding,
private financial support for scholarships and professorships,
and college facilities, including the opening of three
new buildings on Centennial Campus.
his term as dean, the College of Engineering undergraduate
and graduate enrollment increased significantly.
The number of undergraduate and graduate degrees
reached record highs. The college
currently is third in total degrees awarded in the
nation. Research funding almost doubled, exceeding
$90 million. Scholarship funding more than quadrupled,
and the total endowment benefitting the college doubled
to more than $51 million. The college established a
joint department of biomedical engineering with UNC-Chapel
Hill and added a bachelor’s degree in paper science
and engineering. The number of distance education,
two-plus-two, and dual-degree programs greatly increased.
have made no specific plans beyond next July, but
I certainly look forward to continuing my relationship
with NC State University and the College of Engineering.
During my 26 years with NC State, I have had the rare
opportunity of seeing the College of Engineering from
many sides – as a faculty member, department
head, center director, and dean – and I have
enjoyed each of these roles and the people and experiences
that accompanied them,” Masnari said. “Being
a part of this college has been very rewarding for
me. We have many accomplishments of which we can be
proud, and the credit for these achievements goes to
the faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.”
his direction, the quality of entering freshmen increased,
112 new faculty members were hired, national
recognitions by the National Science Foundation tripled,
a novel orientation program for new faculty was initiated,
four new centers and institutes were created, and
a number of other major research initiatives began.
Programs for minorities and women increased significantly,
including the appointment of the first woman as center
director and associate dean. Masnari also instituted
an aggressive recruiting program, including hiring
a director of recruiting and conducting statewide recruiting
visits. In 2000, the college received the prestigious
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics
and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).
“Dean Nino Masnari’s leadership through
the years has brought considerable strength to the
College of Engineering,” said NC State Chancellor
James L. Oblinger. “Building on an already strong
standing among engineering colleges in the United States,
he moved the college into the top tier in enrollments,
degree production, external funding and institutional
cooperation. But one of the things he is most noted
for is keeping the best interest of the students as
his top priority.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside
Dean Masnari both as dean of the College of Natural
Resources and as provost,” said Dr. Larry Nielsen,
provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “I
have appreciated his leadership, insight and the wealth
of experience he brings to our campus.”
Nielsen will immediately begin forming a nomination
committee to oversee a national search for the next
During his final year as dean, Masnari will oversee
planning for Engineering Building III and conceptual
planning for buildings IV and V.
Masnari, who is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, has served as vice chair
of the American Society for Engineering Education Engineering
Deans Council. He joined the faculty at NC State in
1979 as head of the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, and from 1988 to 1996 he was director
of the Center for Advanced Electronic Materials Processing.
Prior to coming to NC State, he was a professor of
electrical engineering and the director of the Electron
Physics Laboratory at the University of Michigan.
received his bachelor’s, master’s
and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from
the University of Michigan. A native of Three Rivers,
Mich., he is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers.