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Retired Professor Goolsby Honored with Professor Emeritus Status

September 22, 2010

Dr. Roger Goolsby, who retired earlier this year after 30 years of service in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Materials Science & Engineering Departments, has been honored with the title of Professor Emeritus by The University of Texas at Arlington. He received the recognition from UT Arlington President James Spaniolo during a September 20 ceremony.

Retired faculty may achieve the status of professor emeritus through a demonstrated record of outstanding service to the University. Dr. Goolsby’s achievements provided solid examples for this requirement. He served in several capacities during his tenure: teacher, researcher, graduate advisor, chair of the graduate studies committee, interim chair of both departments and associate dean of the College of Engineering. He also served on numerous departmental, college and University committees and was the faculty advisor for several student organizations.

Letters of support for his nomination included these statements from his peers: “In teaching, he was often admired by his students for his sense of humor in the classroom, precise presentation of the course materials and rigorous training in the lab.” … “Whenever a situation has arisen where [administrators] needed someone experienced, responsible and capable, he has been willing to step in, even when he was burdened with other responsibilities.” … “His leadership, vision and support to establish a materials science program back in the early 1990s provided the program with a solid foundation and fertile soil to grow.”

“I feel very old,” said Dr. Goolsby, “but it’s a great honor and I appreciate it very much.”

Dr. Goolsby received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at UT Arlington in 1967 and then went to the University of California - Berkeley to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in metallurgy. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.