NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Engineering recently announced two new directors to lead the college’s schools. Randall Kolar was promoted to director of the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Cengiz Altan was promoted to interim director of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
Kolar, who received his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, has been teaching at OU since 1995. He is a Lloyd and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor and co-founder, as well as associate director of the Water Technology for Emerging Regions Center. His research focuses on computational issues in water resources.
Kolar has received several awards for his research and educational initiatives, including the 2006 Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Education, the OU College of Engineering’s 2005 Teaching Scholar Award and the American Society of Engineering Education 2000 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Member Award.
Kolar was the recipient of a 1996 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.
Altan, a President’s Associates Presidential Professor, received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware. He is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow and serves on the executive committee of the Polymer Processing Society. His research interests are in manufacturing, multi-component materials and nanocomposites.
Altan’s honors and awards include the College of Engineering’s 2008 Alumni Teaching Award and the OU Regents’ 1998 Superior Teaching Award. He also is the recipient of the school’s Tom J. Love Most Outstanding Professor Award given by the Pi Tau Sigma, Oklahoma Sigma Chapter.
“Both Kolar and Altan have proven to be successful in their commitment to engaging our students through education and research,” said Thomas Landers, dean of the OU College of Engineering. “Their leadership in their respective schools will continue to encourage excellence in education, collaborative partnerships within academia and in the private sector.”