David A. Wyrick will assume the position of West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources associate dean for academic affairs, effective July 31, 2015.
Wyrick—who is the William L. McKnight Distinguished Visiting Professor in Technology Development at the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth—will be responsible for oversight of the College’s academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He will also be a tenured faculty member in the College’s Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering.
“I am thrilled to come to WVU and the Statler College,” said Wyrick. “This is a perfect match for my passion for engineering education to serve the students, campus, state and beyond. I am really impressed with everyone’s enthusiasm and dedication to the students and the University. I look forward to working with everyone and making Morgantown our home.”
Wyrick has a broad base of experience in engineering, entrepreneurship and management in international education, industrial practice and professional society leadership. At the University of Minnesota Duluth, Wyrick was responsible for developing, promoting and growing the master’s program in engineering management, as well as identifying opportunities for increased internationalization and entrepreneurship across campus. He also serves as associate executive director for the American Society of Engineering Management, where he is charged with developing and maintaining relationships with key partner institutions, many of which are international efforts.
His previous positions include a stint as the dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, as well as serving as both the chair and director of graduate studies for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also served as the Bryan Pearce Bagley Regents Chair of Engineering at Texas Tech University.
“Dr. Wyrick’s proven track record of growing and advancing engineering programs at a number of institutions will help our College move forward in many important ways,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the College. “I look for him to help us establish new educational programs and opportunities in emerging disciplines that support engineering research and development as well as to expand our already-existing programs in STEM education.”
Wyrick received his doctorate in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He earned master’s degrees in engineering management and mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the University of Wyoming, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming.
CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
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