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Richard Billo Named Associate Dean of Engineering

August 9, 2005

University of Texas at Arlington Dean of Engineering Dr. Bill Carroll has announced the appointment of Richard E. Billo as Associate Dean of Engineering for Research. Dr. Billo was formerly the Intel Faculty Fellow and chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University.

Dr. Billo received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, where he concentrated on Information Systems Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of the Pacific and has a distinguished career in education and industrial consulting.

Dr. Billo is a known innovator in engineering education, receiving a commendation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology for his leadership in curriculum development. At Oregon State, he developed a new bachelor’s degree program in manufacturing engineering, created undergraduate options in information systems and business engineering, and modernized the graduate curriculum to include information systems, nanotechnology, management systems and manufacturing systems.

Also at Oregon State, Dr. Billo directed a $20 million fundraising campaign for nanoscience and microtechnology programs and secured more than $16 million in new research grants and gifts. Research expenditures tripled during his four years of leadership of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

“Rick Billo has an excellent record as a researcher, teacher and administrator,” said Dr. Carroll. “He has a special talent for organizing and finding funding for multidisciplinary collaborative projects. His experience and skills make him an ideal person to serve as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. I'm pleased to have Rick on board and look forward to working with him to advance the research agenda of the College.”