New Civil Engineering Professor, Faculty Retirement, Aero Design, and More!
New Civil Engineering Professor, Faculty Retirement, Aero Design, and More!
Databytes - School of Engineering and Computer Science - Cedarville University

Greetings from the Dean

Welcome to the spring 2018 edition of DataBytes. We have come to a historical season for our School: our first faculty retirement! Dr. Hardy Hegna will be retiring at the end of this academic year. We will also see turnover in the management of our School. Our Assistant Dean, Dr. Sam SanGregory, announced his decision to leave Cedarville after 25 years of service and return to industry. We are sending him off with our blessings! His administrative post will be filled by our new civil engineering (CE) faculty member, Dr. Stephen Ayers.  Dr. Ayers has been busy reworking the CE curriculum just ahead of next year's catalog in order to make sure our first class of CE students has an accurate curriculum throughout their four-year program. In the midst of all of this change, Cedarville has been walking through a 10-year strategic plan for the campus, which will include construction or expansion to create adequate facilities to house our CE labs.
With so much change taking place, we covet your prayers for our faculty, staff, and students. If you haven't checked out Dr. White's chapel messages this year on the book of Proverbs, we encourage you to view them in the chapel archive. He emphasized the contrast between the fools among us (those who refuse to obey God) and the righteous (those who have been saved by the blood of Jesus). May you experience God's manifold blessings as you pursue Him with all your mind, soul, and strength!
Robert Chasnov, Ph.D., P.E.

New Civil Engineering Professor Joins School

We have hired Dr. Stephen Ayers as the inaugural professor for our new civil engineering program. Dr. Ayers brings extensive teaching and program development experience, having chaired the engineering department and led the development of the civil engineering program at LeTourneau University in Texas. Most importantly, he has a heart for using civil engineering to reach the world with the Gospel.

Engineering Seniors Prepare for International Aero Design Competition

Mechanical engineering seniors designed and constructed a new remote control (RC) airplane for the Society of Automotive Engineers International Aero Design East Competition in March. We are extremely proud of the team's strong fourth-place finish.

Hegna to Retire at End of Academic Year

Dr. Hardy Hegna, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Hardy came to Cedarville from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he completed a distinguished service in the United States Air Force. Hardy's expertise has been in the thermal/fluids area of mechanical and aerospace engineering. He applied his computational skills teaching students as well as to support the mission of the USAF.
Hardy has always had a soft spot in his heart for students, especially those who struggled the most with their academics. He received the Dean’s Service Award as Advisor of the Year in 2009. His students will never forget his impression of Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier, the French mathematician and physicist who developed an important Law for Heat Transfer.
Hardy advised Cedarville’s SAE Aero Design team from 1995-2003, which included its only first-place finish when the Foote brothers were student team leaders. Hardy organized Cedarville’s local version of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, in 1995 and has been the faculty advisor for the Ohio Nu chapter of TBP since its formal installation in 2001.
Dr. Hegna leaves big shoes to fill in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and we are grateful for his service.

Kohl Named Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. Clint Kohl, Professor of Computer Engineering, was honored as the 2018–18 Faculty Member of the Year in a presentation during chapel on April 9. In his 24th year at Cedarville, Kohl was selected for his commitment to his students and excellence in instruction with a biblical focus. 
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