Wednesday, December 7, 7:00am - 8:00am
The Rady Room, 601 Nedderman Hall,
UT Arlington campus

Impressions of the College of Engineering After Three Months:
Where have we been and where should we be going?

Peter E. Crouch, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington

As UTA's new dean of engineering, Dr. Peter Crouch has formed a few first impressions of the College of Engineering and its relationship with the surrounding DFW community and the College's stakeholders. He brings to UTA an immense knowledge of contemporary engineering educational practice, having served 21 years as an engineering dean at two very different U.S. academic institutions. In this presentation, Dr. Crouch will attempt to assess the strengths of the College today based on its previous trajectory and, more generally, the implications of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis for the College's future trajectory. He will be happy to share and entertain discussions about which practices are right and ripe for implementation in the College of Engineering.

Not only is Dr. Crouch new to UTA, he is also new to Texas and North Texas, and so would be very pleased to learn about and develop connections that will help him better understand the College's immediate stakeholder community and their strategic capacity to help propel the College forward, in return for the College's role in delivering top quality graduating engineers. 

A native of England, Peter Crouch earned his undergraduate degree in engineering science from Warwick University in Coventry in 1973, and his master's degree in control theory from Warwick the following year. Crouch then earned his Ph.D. in applied sciences from Harvard University in 1977. After joining Arizona State University in 1984, he rose through the academic ranks before being named dean in 1995. He successfully enlisted the help and support of major corporations to advance excellence in engineering education and also served as ASU's vice provost for global engagement from 2005 to 2006. Crouch worked closely with ASU's leaders to secure the $50 million naming gift for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and helped lead the school into the top 50 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. During his tenure, Crouch helped secure millions of dollars in support for major research centers, led the expansion of engineering programs to China, India and Mexico, and enhanced online offerings for working professionals. He was appointed dean of engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in July 2006.


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