Two open forums will provide opportunities for campus input on the proposed Engineering Master Plan. In 2017, President Dietz appointed a steering committee consisting of faculty and staff to investigate the feasibility of establishing engineering programs at Illinois State University. Since that time members of the committee have worked with consultants in reviewing feasibility studies, assessing campus facilities, and considering synergies between existing majors and minors and the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering.

Jennifer Stanovich, project manager, and Vincent Manno, education planner, both from Cannon Design, will review project goals and visions, discuss progress and next steps, and seek input from the campus community. These sessions will take place virtually from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, September 25,  and from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, October 1  via Zoom. Link information is available on the Provost’s website.

Aondover Tarhule, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, encourages faculty and staff attendance at the forums. “It is my hope the campus community will be interested in and excited about the possibilities envisioned by the steering committee and the design experts. With goals of maintaining a stable student enrollment, attracting diverse students and faculty, and aligning with local and regional industry, we believe we are laying the groundwork for continued success for Illinois State University.”