Allen C. Cogley, dean of West Virginia University’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (CEMR), will be stepping down from his position effective July 1 to become special assistant to the provost for new research initiatives, Provost Gerald Lang announced today (May 15).

Dr. Cogley has served as dean of the college for five years. He is the first permanent dean of CEMR , taking over in October 1995 shortly after it was created by merging the College of Engineering and the College of Mineral and Energy Resources.

“Dean Cogley has encouraged teamwork in student learning, supported research among faculty and increased efficiencies in teaching and research among disciplines through various mergers during his tenure as dean,”Provost Gerald Lang said.”Now, he will turn his attention to building multidisciplinary research capabilities and helping develop the Universitys new compact required by state legislation.”

Under Cogleys leadership, CEMR and the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering at WVU Institute of Technology created the West Virginia Engineering and Computer Science Education Enterprise. The partnership has enabled the two institutions to combine faculties and

financial resources to strengthen engineering and computer science education throughout the state.

Cogley also oversaw the merger of the computer science and electrical engineering disciplines in 1997, and later the safety and environmental management program became part of the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering.

Under Cogleys watch, industrial extension also joined mining extension to ensure broad-based services and outreach to the states industry base.

Freshman enrollment as well as total engineering enrollment has also increased, and work in identification technology is gaining international attention.

“Leading the college through this growth has been an exciting and demanding challenge,”Cogley said.”I am confident the college will continue to prosper and be the outstanding engineering and computer science resource essential to the states economic health.”

He added,”I am looking forward to new challenges and exploring new opportunities from a university-wide perspective.”

Prior to coming to WVU , Cogley held faculty and leadership positions at Kansas State University, the University of Alabama at Huntsville and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also was a visiting scientist at NASA _Ames Research Center and a research engineer at NASA -Langley Research Center.

His research emphasis is in the fields of aerospace engineering, computational mechanics, radiative transfer, materials and heat transfer. He is currently the principal investigator on a $1.46 million National Science Foundation grant to take engineering and science content into K-12 schools.

Lang said he will solicit input from faculty before appointing an interim dean. A national search will follow.