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Engineering Impact Report

Engineering a Strategic Plan

Dr. Eddy Rojas is motivated by pursuing “Engineering that Matters” — not just doing something because it can be done, but because it should be done.

Named dean of the School of Engineering (SoE) at the University of Dayton in July 2014 following a national search, Rojas set to work evaluating the climate of the School in preparation for an extensive — and highly participatory — strategic planning process.



A climate survey was conducted that fall, and then, in January 2015, a Core Strategic Planning Team was named. The team was composed of administrators, faculty, staff, students and industry partners serving on the SoE Advisory Council.

The group met three times with an outside facilitator to draft a mission, vision, and core values statement and to identify focus areas. Strategy teams were then formed by goal area and planning meetings began.

SoE faculty and staff as well as our campus, industry, and government partners, students, donors, and alumni all participated on the goal teams. Each goal team met to perform a SWOT analysis and identify preliminary recommendations and measures as well as final key decisions and actions.

Two Saturday planning forums were held where team members and stakeholders met to review and critique the team recommendations before a writing team went to work. They turned the recommendations of the 10 strategy teams into a comprehensive planning document with three overarching goals, strategic initiatives, tactics and action items. By July of 2015, this document was finalized and printed.

In the four years since its creation, the SoE strategic plan has been a guidepost for transformational change. Because so many action items were accomplished, in the summer of 2018, the plan was streamlined and aligned with both the University of Dayton's vision under President Eric Spina and the four areas of impact identified and currently being measured as benchmarks of long-term success.

Those four impact areas: cultural, societal, organizational and experiential still guide our work and inform our decision making.

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