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Griffin appointed EF director

By Liz Crumbley

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 29 - April 24, 1997

Hayden Griffin, associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Engineering, has been appointed director of the college's Engineering Fundamentals (EF) Division, which provides requisite first-year courses, advising, and computer training for all engineering freshmen. On August 1, Griffin will replace Dan Ludwig, who will retire after nine years as EF director.

"Hayden impressed us with his vision for the future, his demonstrated leadership skills, and his enthusiasm for engineering," said Dean of Engineering F. William Stephenson. "He has an impressive record of scholarship, a love of teaching, and a genuine concern for the success of our students."

Griffin, a professor of engineering science and mechanics, joined the Tech faculty in 1985 after working 14 years in industry and government laboratories. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech.

"This is an exciting time for engineering fundamentals," Griffin said. "With curriculum revisions under way, we will have a number of new courses to develop. The college's Practical Engineering Laboratory for undergraduates will offer EF students hands-on experience early in their academic careers. I look forward to working with the EF faculty and staff to make one of the best freshman-engineering programs in the nation even better."