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Shoults Appointed Chair of Electrical Engineering

September 5, 2001

Professor Raymond Shoults, who in July was named interim chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, has now been appointed as the chair of the department. Bill Carroll, dean of UTA's College of Engineering, announced the appointment August 31, with an effective date of September 1.

Dr. Shoults, a co-director of UTA's Energy Systems Research Center, has taught and conducted research on electric power system operations at UTA since 1975. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University in the 1960s. He then gained industrial experience in the electric utility industry in the areas of distribution field engineering, industrial sales engineering, advance transmission planning and independent consulting before earning his Ph.D. from UTA in 1974.

"While planning an external search for a permanent chair, we came to the conclusion that Ray Shoults had all the attributes we were seeking," said Dean Carroll. "And, as a bonus, he has first-hand knowledge of our faculty and staff, our education and research programs and our operating procedures."

Shoults identified his three immediate goals: developing a long-range strategic plan for the department; creating new research opportunities for Electrical Engineering faculty members, especially by exploring new areas of cooperation with local industries; and conducting an aggressive search for exceptionally qualified professors to fill faculty positions.