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Oktay Baysal, eminent scholar and professor of aerospace engineering, has been named dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University, Provost Thomas L. Isenhour announced today.

Baysal, who has served as interim dean since July 2002, was chosen following a national search, chaired by Richard Gregory, dean of the College of Sciences.

"Dr. Baysal has an outstanding career as a teacher, researcher and leader at Old Dominion," Isenhour said. "He is dedicated to the Batten College and his fellow deans enthusiastically acknowledge him as a collaborative partner in helping both the college and all of the university achieve success."

As interim dean, Baysal led five academic programs in the college through preparations for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology reaccreditation process. In addition, he developed the College Advisory Board and the College Steering Committee, two groups of engineering professionals that provide guidance and expertise to the college on issues relating to strategic planning, public relations, college-wide initiatives and fund raising.

Baysal served as associate dean from 1999 to 2002. During his 22-year tenure at Old Dominion, he has been a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, graduate program director of the global engineering master's degree program, acting chair of the aerospace engineering department, director of the engineering fundamentals division and chair of the engineering technology department.

Baysal is the author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers and publications, and has edited or co-edited 11 technical books. For his research contributions, he has received the NASA Public Service Medal, two NASA Certificates of Recognition and the NAMTAC Outstanding Project of the Year Award for Technology Transfer.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of both Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Additionally, he is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics.

Baysal received his bachelor's degree from The Technical University of Istanbul, a master's from the University of Birmingham, U.K., and doctorate from Louisiana State University.

This article was posted on: May 19, 2004

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