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New Assistant Dean to Manage Engineering Student Diversity/Retention

September 1, 2010

Dean of Engineering Dr. Bill Carroll has announced the appointment of Professor Mahera “Mimi” Philobos as the College of Engineering’s assistant dean for diversity and retention, a new position. Dean Carroll has charged her with increasing the number of engineering students, particularly at the graduate level, and the diversity of the entire engineering student body.

Dr. Philobos was formerly the director of the Women in Engineering Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she raised funds for scholarships and created several campus-wide outreach programs and activities to increase minority and female awareness of and participation in engineering and science studies. Dr. Philobos was also a professor of civil and environmental engineering, teaching several courses. In 2001, she received an Outstanding Teaching Award; in 2002, the Georgia Tech Women of Distinction Faculty Award; and in 2005, the Faculty of the Year Award presented by the Georgia Tech Student Government Association.

Dr. Philobos holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cairo University, a master’s in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech and a doctorate in engineering science and mechanics from Georgia Tech.

While at Georgia Tech, Dr. Philobos established several new outreach and recruiting programs, including the benchmark Mentor and Mentee (M&M) Program, offering students from all disciplines campus wide peer-mentoring opportunities. Academic performance of M&M participants has been consistently and significantly higher than the GPA of the overall Georgia Tech student body. Since its inception in 1999, the program has served more than 1500 students and was recognized through awards from the Georgia Tech’s Panhellenic Council and the Student Government Association.

“I’m happy to be at UT Arlington,” she said. “I plan to expand existing engineering recruitment and retention programs, develop new initiatives targeting graduate students and create activities that present career opportunities for minorities and women in engineering. We have to tap into these valuable demographic areas if we are to reach and sustain the engineering needs of a growing U.S. and world economy.”

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, which recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, has emerged as one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas and the nation. The college’s eight baccalaureate, 13 master’s and nine doctoral degree programs serve approximately 3,900 students, making it the fourth largest engineering college in Texas. With more than 21,000 alumni, the college provides the local, regional and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. Research expenditures in the past year grew to more than $40 million, and the University has invested $160 million over the last three years to add 295,000 square feet of research and teaching facilities. With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today’s most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is helping to propel UT Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.