Mount Union Hires Engineering Chair – Dr. Osama Ja
February 19, 2013
ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union has named Dr. Osama Jadaan as chair of the Department of Engineering.
In this role, which will begin July 1, Jadaan will provide leadership for ongoing program development, student interaction and recruitment, curriculum oversight and development and outreach to industry and alumni. Jadaan has degrees in both civil engineering and engineering mechanics and will teach within both the mechanical and civil engineering programs.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Jadaan to this role at Mount Union,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University. “Dr. Jadaan brings leadership qualities and a rich knowledge of the engineering profession. His vision for the engineering program at Mount Union will help expand our engineering course offerings and provide an exceptional learning experience for students in the program.”
Jadaan previously worked as chair and professor in the Department of General Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UW-P). While there, he was consistently evaluated as outstanding by department faculty and the dean for his vision, leadership skills, support for academic innovation and promotion of diversity in the school’s engineering student population.
“We are very fortunate that Dr. Jadaan has agreed to come on board to lead the Department of Engineering at Mount Union,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University. “He brings a wealth of experience in the field of engineering and will be a valuable resource for our students as they prepare for meaningful careers upon graduation.”
Jadaan earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in engineering mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University and Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
"I am thrilled to be joining the vibrant and dynamic institution of higher learning at Mount Union,” Jadaan said. “Three years ago, the university made the strategic decision to build an innovative engineering department and I am honored to have been selected to lead it.
“I cannot wait to join this team and begin working on establishing engineering programs that are student-focused, distinguished and intensely hands-on. Our engineering programs will also leverage the strong liberal arts culture at Mount Union to develop our students into leaders, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and ethical citizens."
During Jadaan’s tenure as department chair, beginning in 2008, the engineering program at UW-P grew by about 60%, from 1,000 to 1,600 students. In addition, he introduced undergraduate research as high impact educational practice for engineering students during their freshman and sophomore years by creating an undergraduate research in engineering course.
Jadaan’s research interests include probabilistic design of mechanical systems made of brittle materials, digital prototyping, fracture mechanics, design against fatigue and other modes of mechanical failures, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and undergraduate research in engineering and design of structures in a probabilistic design environment.
Among Jadaan’s many honors and awards are the 2009 UW-P Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Teaching Award and the NASA Glenn Research Center RXL 2006 Mechanics and Life Prediction Branch Best Paper award for an article he co-wrote with two other authors.
Jadaan served as director and founder of UW-P’s Explore Engineering Summer Program for 11th and 12th grade high school students and as a consultant and research collaborator with the Ceramic Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Lab. He has consulted for companies such as Caterpillar, John Deere, FMCTechnologies Inc. and Ferro Corporation. He is co-author and editor of three books and more than 60 professional papers.
The University of Mount Union’s Department of Engineering offers majors in both a mechanical engineering degree and a civil engineering degree. The programs offer personal one-on-one attention from faculty who are on the cutting edge of their engineering fields and well versed about the global society.
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