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College of Engineering Announces New Assistant Dean Position

July 16, 2007

Dr. Bill Carroll, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has announced the creation of a new leadership position – Assistant Dean for Student Affairs – and has named Dr. J. Carter Tiernan of the Computer Science & Engineering Department (CSE) as the first person to hold this office. Dr. Tiernan will continue teaching as a Senior Lecturer in CSE.

Dr. Tiernan’s duties will include managing College of Engineering recruiting and K-12 outreach activities, coordinating engineering student activities such as Engineers Week, increasing student retention by working with engineering Freshman Interest Groups, serving as ombudsman for engineering students, and being the faculty advisor for the Joint Council of Engineering Organizations and the Society of Women Engineers.

Dr. Tiernan first came to UT Arlington in 1990 as a faculty associate to work on her Ph.D., which she received in 1992. She had previously received a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas while working as a software design and knowledge engineer at Texas Instruments.

Community outreach and educational advancement are some of Dr. Tiernan’s primary interests. From 1992 to 2001, she worked for Project SEED, a national non-profit education program which uses mathematicians and master teachers trained in a Socratic method of instruction to teach higher mathematics to under-served students. She had previously been a volunteer with the program while working at Texas Instruments in the 1980s.

Since 2001, as director of outreach for the CSE Department, Dr. Tiernan, along with CSE Associate Professor Manfred Huber, has directed RoPro, a robot programming contest designed for high school students. This year, the RoPro College Challenge Camp was added, a three-day event that provided students with a fun robot challenge while also covering topics such as college financial aid, entrance essays, and how to apply to colleges. These programs are popular activities for area students, helping to increase their interests in robotics, computer science and software development, and in attending UT Arlington.

For the past three years, Dr. Tiernan has served also as director of the college’s popular Engineering & Computer Science Summer Camp program. The camps, which have been conducted for 10 years, are a way to introduce middle and senior high school students to the different engineering disciplines and encourage them to pursue a career in engineering. Each year’s three camp sessions – each limited to 50 students – are filled to capacity.