After a national search, MU Engineering found the right person for its Mechanical and Engineering Department Chair.
The College recently appointed Noah Manring, the interim chair of the department, to the permanent chair position.
“MAE is poised for greatness, and I look forward to working with Dr. Manring as he and the MAE faculty continue building MAE toward national and global recognition for both the world-class education it provides and the cutting-edge research results it produces,” MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said.
Manring previously was chair of the former Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the MAE Director of Graduate Studies. On two separate occasions, he served as the College’s Associate Dean of Research, where he helped faculty and administration reach research goals consistent with Mizzou’s status as an Association of American Universities member.
“I am honored to be selected for this role and look forward to the service ahead,” he said. “I have been a faculty member in MAE department for 21 years and have grown to respect my colleagues in areas of scholarship, teaching, and economic development. Dean Loboa’s support of the department is evident, and I look forward to working with her and with her administrative team to bring the department to new levels of national recognition.”
While associate dean, he helped optimize space utilization in the College and helped expand the research experiences of students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Manring also was Associate Dean for Administration at Princeton University.
His goals as department chair include maintaining an excellent undergraduate experience for the MAE student body, and growing research programs in order to advance the creation of new knowledge and to increase MAE graduate student production.
The MAE department is the sixth most popular undergraduate program on the MU campus with 525 students enrolled. The department has 29 faculty members, 48 doctoral students and 29 masters students. In calendar year 2017, MAE recorded research expenditures of $2.45 million. In the coming years, MAE will focus on rebuilding its undergraduate teaching labs and developing larger research programs in fluid-thermal science, materials and nuclear engineering.