Wael Zatar, the Dean of Marshall University’s College of Information and Technology and Engineering (CITE) was the keynote speaker for the Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner that took place on February 23rd, 2016. Dr. Zatar serves as the Director of the University Transportation Center at Marshall University as well as the Associate Director of the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center.
Among those in attendance for the February 23rd’s event were representatives from the American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia, engineers and professionals leading and representing civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering businesses, and leaders of professional societies including the WV Society of Professional Engineers and the WV American Society of Civil Engineers. Also in attendance were WV State Legislators, college leaders, administration staff, faculty members, and students from institutions of higher education in WV.
Dr. Zatar discussed the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Marshall’s College of Information Technology and Engineering along with the capabilities and facilities that we have acquired in the last few years. Dr. Zatar spoke about the new state-of-the-art Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex and the unique assets and advanced opportunities the complex has brought to our students. The facility is LEED silver certified allowing our students to utilize its many sustainable features as learning tools as well as promoting the efficient uses of our environmental resources.
Along with the many unique assets and advanced opportunities for students in Marshall University, the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex was designed with a magnificent, eye-catching and very welcoming centralized atrium that serves as window into the building. Faculty offices are intermingled among the departments as well as the many collaboration stations located outside the faculty offices. The collaboration stations are integrated with cutting-edge technology that promotes unprecedented student/faculty interaction opportunities. This complex houses one of very few advanced materials testing labs in the region and in the nation. The equipment housed in the state-of-the-art lab would facilitate testing full-scale, as well as, prototypes of transportation infrastructure systems under real world circumstances. The lab is also equipped with non-destructive testing and evaluation capabilities, corrosion testing lab, transportation lab, fluids hydraulics lab, environmental engineering lab, hydraulics/pneumatics lab, thermal energy lab, circuits electronic lab, industrial controls lab, fire protection lab, industrial hygiene and ergonomics lab, and cyber security and networking lab.
Students can experience advanced opportunities for cutting edge research, engagement and funding initiatives, resulting in the highest quality and first class prospects for future employers. The added capabilities will foster strong research partnership that Marshall University College of Information Technology and Engineering faculty have with the university’s many centers and colleges, other universities in the United States and abroad and our excellent partnerships with local, state, regional, national and international universities and organizations. The College of Information Technology and Engineering and the related research centers in Marshall University envision themselves as key economic development drivers in the State of West Virginia.
Dean Zatar’s keynote speech was very well received by all attendees of the Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner event. The audience were very complementary to his leadership, tireless work and the vision of Marshall University that relates to the potential growth of engineering disciplines to serve the State and the region. Dean Zatar’s tireless advocacy and persistence to advance the Civil Engineering education in the State of West Virginia over the past many years were fully recognized as he is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year Award established by the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (WVASCE).
CITE offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, Safety Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering with an emphasis in Civil Engineering, CITE offers Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and in Engineering majoring in Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering and Transportation and Infrastructure. CITE also offers Master is Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Information Systems, Safety, and Technology Management. As a part of CITE’s fast expansion, new undergraduate and graduate programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Cyber-Security will be added.
Coming available for the Spring 2016 semester, students will be able to take their Engineering and Computer Science Freshman and Sophomore undergraduate courses on the South Charleston campus and finish the last two years of their studies on the Huntington campus.
The Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex is the home for all undergraduate and graduate students and will deliver highly skilled professional engineers.