Over the years, the College of Engineering and Information Technology became one of the largest family’s at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Although no one stays at the university forever, the feeling is overwhelming when a family member moves on to enjoy the next phase of his or her life’s journey.
Recent retiree, Dr. Gary Anderson, joined the college of EIT prior to 1999 as a professor of applied science and later became the founding director of the graduate certificate in technology innovation program.
George Tebbetts is also a recent retiree who worked in the college before 1999. Tebbetts was an associate professor of mechanical engineering technology who had research interests in mechanical systems design, aerospace and aircraft structural analysis and stress analysis.
Another to depart, Pete Tschumi, had also been affiliated with the college before 1999. He retired as an instructor of electronics and computer engineering technology.
In 2001, retiree Russel Bruhn became the associate Dean of the college. Ten years later, he transferred to faculty where he had the opportunity to hone in on his research interests which included the use of computers in teaching information science courses to gather and extract data.
Swaminadham Midturi was hired by the university as the college’s department chair in 2001 and moved to faculty in 2007. Before retiring, Midturi spent time researching vibrations of aircraft engine components, active control of aerospace structures and applications of laser interferometery for structural testing.
Now that the college has said goodbye to its retirees, it now welcomes new appointments with open arms.
Jeff Connelly has been a part of the EIT team before 1999 and has now been appointed as interim associate Dean.
Beth McMillan, hired in 2002, is now professor and chair of the earth science department while Ibrahim Nisanci, who worked in other units before coming to EIT in 2005, is now the chair of systems engineering department.
Last, but certainly not least, Srikanth Pidugu, who has been with the college since 2001 is now the chair of engineering technology department.
Although these new chair’s have big shoes to fill, they are sure to make the college of EIT proud.