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Grove City professor is promoted to dean



Published: Sat, April 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The outgoing dean is a former YSU professor.

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Dr. Stacy Birmingham, professor of engineering, has been named dean of the Albert A. Hopeman Jr. School of Science and Engineering at Grove City College effective May 1.

She will replace Joseph F. Goncz Jr., who is retiring.

After 15 years at the University of Michigan, Birmingham left a tenured position in chemical engineering to join the Grove City faculty in 2003, first as a part-time adjunct professor. She was promoted to a full professor of engineering a year later.

She earned three degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where she met her husband, Dr. William Birmingham, professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Grove City College.

Accomplishments

At Michigan, Birmingham chaired numerous committees and directed two graduate programs. She also organized an American Chemical Society conference on Colloid and Surface Science in 2002 and received a Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation.

Also at Michigan, she was director of the Plastics Engineering Program and helped lead the Program in Manufacturing; both are master's degree programs. Additionally, she is a co-author of the textbook "Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers."

Goncz has been a member of the Grove City College faculty for 36 years. His academic career began at Youngstown State University, where he was assistant professor of electrical engineering. He came to Grove City as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 1969 and since then has served in many capacities, including chairman of the engineering department and special assistant to the president for engineering services.

The former Westinghouse design engineer earned his bachelor of engineering degree from Youngstown State and his master's in engineering at the University of Akron. He also conducted extensive doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh.




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