Engineering Change in Education, Research, and Outreach
A Message from the Dean
Changing Lives. Our College has embraced the University motto to signify the profound impact our academic offerings, research opportunities, and service continue to have on members of our academic community, Virginias industries, and engineering profession. We at the Batten College of Engineering and Technology are keenly aware of the leading role we play in advancing positive changes in engineering education. Each day we face the same challenge: how best to prepare our students to succeed in an era of rapidly emerging technologies.
According to the federal government, the United States will need 15 million engineers and technology workers by the year 2020. We continue to be forward thinkers to help meet the societal, economic, environmental, and ethical engineering challenges of the 21st century. By using synergy, creative design processes, and sound engineering judgment, we have set the stage to accomplish the shared vision of our faculty and students.
Our vision can now be furthered in the new Engineering and Computational Sciences building. This building has been physically designed to promote innovative, multidisciplinary learning and research teams. Here we are learning to approach engineering design as an art in addition to the laws of science as one set of constraints. This new building will help propel our College and the University as a whole forward on all frontiers by helping to change the paradigm of how we work and the types of challenges we choose to accept now and in the future. Further, our Computational Research Cluster will provide the tools necessary to excel in the area of computational engineering.
We are proud of our many enhancements and achievements. From contributions made by friends and alumni of the College to the academic and research accomplishments of our stellar faculty, the Batten College continues to receive national recognition. In fact, the 2004 U.S. News and World Report ranked Old Dominion Universitys graduate engineering program on distance learning as the largest in the country.
I look forward to collaborating with our faculty, students, staff, and external stakeholders on the exciting achievements that lie ahead. For the latest news, I invite you to browse our Web site for event listings and further details about the College and to subscribe to e-Interaction, the Colleges electronic newsletter.
Oktay Baysal, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Eminent Scholar, and Dean