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A. Osman Akan, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was recently named associate dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University.

Akan brings vast experience to the dean's office. He has served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for nine years, is a member of the BCET management team and contributed to many strategic decisions, according to Dean Oktay Baysal.

"He has dealt with students and faculty, with budgets, with accreditation issues," explained Baysal. "He has a wealth of experience and shown tremendous leadership. He will do very well as associate dean."

An American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow and an ODU Civil Engineering Faculty of the Year Award winner, Akan has authored numerous books, articles and reports, taught many courses and well served the university since his arrival in 1982. In his new post, he will assume broader responsibilities involving all the departments of the college, including the overseeing of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as research centers, institutes, and clusters or incubators.

"Our college has had tremendous success in the recent years in research, academic programs, and contributions to the local economy," said Akan. "The challenge we face now is to exceed and further our past accomplishments. Working closely with all members of the college, I am looking forward to assisting the dean to bring to our college the recognition we deserve as a world-class learning institution for engineering and engineering technology.

"I am excited about the new position. It will give me the opportunity to interact closely with highly-qualified and dedicated faculty in all the engineering and engineering technology fields, and I am looking forward to this opportunity."

This article was posted on: June 15, 2006

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