Native of Pittsburgh, Pa. Attended Carnegie Mellon University in Mechanical Engineering. Received PhD in 1956 and taught on the faculty for 6 years before coming to N.C. State University. Awarded Reynolds Professor ship in 1968. Served in a variety of administrative positions within the College of Engineering which included Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Director of the South Eastern University and College Coalition (SUCCEED) for Engineering Education (five year NSF funded program involving NCSU together with seven other South Eastern Engineering Colleges to revitalize undergraduate education). Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of American Society of Engineering Education and recipient of Holladay Medal in 1999. Retired from full faculty service in 1997 but continue to teach part time in the College’s Distance Education Master’s Degree program.
- My Program
- Advice for Students
- Advice for Faculty Directors
Where do you lead a program?
Have participated in the first two Study Abroad Programs with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Became involved when the engineering faculty member slated to participate in first program pulled out about six weeks before program was to start. I will serve as the Faculty Director of 2009 Hangzhou Summer program.
How long have you run your study abroad program?
This will be the first program for which I will serve as faculty director.
What makes your study abroad program unique?
This program is unique in several respects. The first is that it was created at the request of the University Administration for the purpose of helping to promote a growing relationship between N.C. State University and Zhejiang University in faculty interaction, student exchange and research collaboration. A second unique feature of the program is its diverse make up in terms of faculty and courses offered for credit. In 2009 offerings will include business, religion, international relations, engineering and language. All student s are required to register for and take six credit hours of course work over the six week period of the program.
What stands out as your favorite memory from the study abroad programs that you have directed?
The fact that fundamentally people the world over are not very different from one another in terms of their aspirations, dreams and goals for themselves and their loved ones. Creating a friendship that lasts far beyond the term of the program and that continues to grow over time though separated by great distances is a reward that becomes priceless.
If you could give prospective students one piece of advice about
study abroad, what would it be?
Take advantage of the opportunity to travel and learn about the world and foreign cultures while you are still in school and are not saddled with the demands of career and personal responsibilities that follow graduation. The world will impact you in ways none of us can determine at this time. Familiarity with cultures other than our own is one of the best ways to prepare oneself to meet this challenge of the future.
What are you looking for from the students who apply to your program?
I look for students who are truly interested in learning about the people and the culture of the country they will visit. I want them to take advantage of all the opportunities the program they participate in has to offer.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Faculty Director?
The most rewarding aspect of serving as Faculty Director is the opportunity to plan and conduct a program that meets the quality and effectiveness goals desired by the University and provides participating students with the opportunity to learn about Chinese life and culture through daily immersion in activity on the campus of one of China’s outstanding academic institutions.
If you could give new Faculty Directors of study abroad programs one piece of advice about leading a program, what would it be?
First, define specifically what you want your program to accomplish and provide for the participants. Then invest the necessary time and effort into the detailed up front planning and final arrangements required to achieve the defined goals. It will quickly become evident that “the devil is in the detail” is not an idle bromide.
What marketing tips would you suggest to your fellow Faculty Directors to encourage more NC State students to study abroad?
Begin with a colorful, attractive and inviting booth at the fall Study Abroad Fair. Carefully identify your target student audience and vigorously communicate with them in person if at all possible. Illustrate student presentations with appropriate photographs of site to be visited. Prepare a variety of brochures, pamphlets and/or posters to advertise the program and distribute as widely as possible to target audience. Schedule, advertise and hold evening informational meetings with potential participants. The key to successful recruiting is repetition of effort. Students need to be reminded over and over of the opportunities provided by a program and encouraged to seriously consider the benefits to be gained by participation.