Dean’s Office

Dr. Lawrence Whitman

Dean whitmanDr. Whitman earned his Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering Design Technology from Oklahoma State University where he also earned his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management. He then spent ten years in the aerospace industry as a practicing engineer in Texas where he earned his Professional Engineers license. He joined the Automation & Robotics Research Institute (ARRI) of the University of Texas at Arlington working with local aerospace industry on projects. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He then joined the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Wichita State University as an Assistant Professor in 1999 where he progressed through the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor. He served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Engineering at Wichita State University for three years. He is a Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has received external funding through the National Science Foundation and from industry partners. Dr. Whitman’s primary research areas are in Lean Systems, Enterprise Engineering and Engineering Education.

Dr. Whitman has over 100 publications which have been cited over 850 times and has served as guest editor of Data & Knowledge Engineering Journal. He has also served as session chair at numerous conferences. He is currently chair of Technical Committee 5.3 Enterprise Integration and Networking of the International Federation of Automatic Control and on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.


Jeffrey Connelly, Ph.D., P.G.

Associate Dean and Professor

Graduate Programs, Research Enterprise, Graduate Assistantships, Assessment/Accreditation, Intercollegiate Activities, Articulation and International Agreements, College Curricular Reviews


Shawna Diaz

Executive Director of Finance and Administration

Budget, PAFs, Grant Budget Reviews, Admin Operational Matters, Immigration


Vernard Henley

Assistant Dean

Recruitment and Retention, Summer Programs, Outreach Events, EIT Career Fair, Pre-Engineering Programs, Outreach Partnerships

Lloyd Webre

Director of Development and External Affairs

Mark Pace

IT Manager

Student, staff, and faculty support, VMware administration, Server administration

Dana Ball

Academic Support Specialist (Graduate Programs)

Graduate Student Pre-Admissions, Liaison with Graduate School, Graduate Alumni Outreach


Michelle Butler

Administrative Analyst

Reconcile EIT Accounts, Oversee EIT Electronic Filing, Purchase Requsitions/ePAFS, Assist with Deaprtmental Budgets


Amy Frets

Director of Student Services & Retention

Retention, Scholarships, Advising Support

Ethan Robson

Education Counselor
EIT Room 113 – 501-916-5216

Thomas Wallace

Web Services | Web Design and Development Coordinator | Information Technology Program Coordinator