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Interim School of Engineering dean named

Margie Pinnell, professor and associate dean for faculty and staff development and Bernhard Schmidt Chair in Engineering Leadership, has been appointed to serve as interim dean in the School of Engineering, starting in early August. Her appointment will extend through June 2022, when we expect to appoint the next dean following a competitive national search. 

Pinnell began her faculty appointment in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering in 2000, attained tenure in 2009, and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2019. She has served as assistant dean for recruitment and outreach and led the Engineering in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities for Service-Learning (ETHOS) program from 2001-2010. She holds a joint appointment with the bioengineering graduate program. 

Throughout her career, Pinnell has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in materials engineering. She also has taught courses related to appropriate technology and research ethics and is a recipient of the University’s Lackner Award as well as several teaching honors.  

In addition to active service in the department, school and university, Pinnell has worked with the Dayton Regional STEM Center, Air Camp USA, and was named a Blue Angels Key Influencer in 2018. Currently she serves as the chair of the DO STEM Ecosystem, the secretary of the Arcade Innovation Hub board of directors, and is on the board of the Ohio PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope). Her research interests include K-12 STEM, professional development, community-engaged learning, and experimental mechanics of materials. She has secured more than $2.1 million in external funding for her research.

"I am grateful for the especially strong pool of nominations for this appointment that emerged in recent weeks," said Provost Paul H. Benson. "The School of Engineering’s operations are healthy, its academic and research programs continue to expand, and the school’s commitment to the University’s mission and values is evident. I am impressed with the school’s dedication to its mission and strategic priorities during this period of transition. 

"I look forward with enthusiasm to working with Interim Dean Pinnell and know that she will be an effective, insightful, and highly collaborative leader for the School of Engineering during the coming year."

Current engineering dean Eddy Rojas will take a new position in early August as executive vice president and provost of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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