The college's leadership is poised to play an important role in influencing the economic development of our region by providing education, training, and research opportunities in engineering and engineering technology.
Dean Donald Peterson, Ph.D. M.S., FAIMBE is an accomplished researcher with degrees in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering, Peterson joined the college in July 2017. He previously held faculty and administrative positions at Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the University of Connecticut.
The college's Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs is Mansour Tahernezhadi, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Tahernezhadi has been active in securing grants from the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, Illinois Secondary Board of Higher Education, Economic Development Administration, Employment Training Administration and numerous private foundations and companies.