Montana State University

Marley appointed Dean of MSU's College of Engineering

March 12, 2004 -- by Jean Arthur, MSU News Service

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Bozeman -- Robert Marley has accepted the permanent position as Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, following a three-year-term assignment as dean, which ends June 30. Marley has also been appointed Director of the Engineering Experiment Station.

Marley, an industrial engineer and specialist in ergonomics, has been at MSU's College of Engineering for 14 years, first as a faculty member in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. Later he served as Associate Dean of Engineering. He was appointed to a three-year term as dean of the college in 2001, following the retirement of the previous dean, Dave Gibson.

"I anticipate that the College of Engineering will continue to grow and evolve under Marley's direction, and that the college and its programs will play a central role in achieving MSU's strategic plans," said David Dooley, MSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Marley is a graduate of Wichita State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in general sciences before returning to receive both a master's and Ph.D. in industrial engineering. He is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist and author of nearly 60 refereed publications including one textbook.

Marley has teaching and research interests in industrial ergonomics, cumulative trauma disorders, work measurement and human factors in transportation systems. He is a professionally registered member of the Ergonomics Society and belongs to many other organizations including the American Society for Engineering Education. He was recently elected as the chair of the society for the region, representing engineering schools in 15 western states and western Canada. He serves on several national committees studying issues such as licensure for engineering faculty and professional accreditation of degree programs.

"I am extremely proud of the faculty and students of the College of Engineering," Marley said. "It is a great honor for me to serve the college and the university as Dean of Engineering. I am optimistic about the future of this college and its ability to build upon our legacy of leading technical change and economic development in Montana. The College of Engineering must and will be positioned to help meet the technical education and research needs of not only Montana, but well beyond."

Contact Robert Marley, 994-2272