A Moment with the Dean
April 06, 2017
Allow me to introduce myself: I have just stepped in as interim dean for the College of Engineering following Dean Debra Larson, who recently joined CSU Chico as provost. Although I’m new to this position, I have a 30-year history as a professor in Cal Poly’s Mechanical Engineering Department. For the last three years, I have served as department chair.
Teaching for three decades has reinforced my belief that Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing education produces innovative, Day One-ready engineers. In fact, visits with alumni and industry partners convince me that Cal Poly graduates are different: their extensive lab and project experience makes them skilled in developing ideas that advance technology and engineering design. I’ve seen it a thousand times: our Cal Poly engineering labs are where the magic happens, where students learn to think and work like engineers.
As interim dean, I want to continue the positive trajectory of the College of Engineering. I hope, especially, to add momentum to the development of a new Engineering Projects Center, and to enhance diversity and promote inclusivity in the college.
A little about me: I joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1988 as an assistant professor and was awarded tenure and promotion to full professor in 1994. I earned my undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Akron and my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. My areas of scholarship include rotor dynamics and modeling of high-speed rotating machinery. I have a passion for Cal Poly’s learn by doing philosophy that I built through many hours teaching in the vibrations and rotor dynamics laboratory and 25 years as a faculty advisor to the Cal Poly chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
I’m proud to serve this extraordinary college as interim dean, and I’m excited by the prospect of working with faculty, staff and donors like you to further advance student success. I invite you to stop by — I’d love to get to know you and chat about how to make a difference in our students’ education and futures.
Jim Meagher, Ph.D.