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Rajai Named Director of Engineering Studies at AASU

SAVANNAH, GA—Armstrong Atlantic State University has named Mark Rajai director of its engineering studies program. In his new position, Rajai will work closely with Georgia Tech and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to move the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program (GTREP) and the Regents' Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) programs forward at the university.

"Dr. Rajai brings twenty years of leadership experience in engineering to the Armstrong program," said Ed Wheeler, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "His innovative teaching has generated excitement about engineering not only among his students, but in the general public as well."

RETP allows qualified students to complete two years of study at AASU before transferring to Georgia Tech to complete any of nine bachelor's degrees. GTREP allows qualified students to complete a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech in either civil, computer, or electrical engineering while remaining in Savannah.

"Armstrong’s student-centered, pre-engineering program has been the model program in the state for the past two decades," said Wheeler. "The happy coincidence of Georgia Tech electrical engineering, civil engineering, and computer engineering programs offered in Savannah, the ICAPP (Georgia's Intellectual Capital Partnership Program) at Gulfstream, and Dr. Rajai’s energetic leadership will move engineering education in Savannah to a new level of excellence."

Rajai has eighteen years of experience in higher education and in industry. He has taught engineering courses at the undergraduate level for universities in Tennessee and Indiana and has published several books and more than twenty articles. Major television networks—including CNN, ABC, and BBC—and numerous newspapers and radio stations have interviewed him.

Rajai has obtained more than two million dollars in grants and contracts providing funding for mainly undergraduate research. Three of his inventions, "Tensile and Compression Tester," a mechanical/electronic device to measure tension, compression, and shear stresses; "Static Depth Analyzer," an electronic device to measure static water level of monitoring wells; and "SIS system," a multipurpose machine designed to perform five different experiments; have received U.S. patents. Four of his other inventions have outstanding patents.

Rajai is a member of Phi Kappa Phi; Alpha Pi Mu, an industrial engineering national honor society; Pi Tau Sigma, a mechanical engineering national honor society; Who's Who in Engineering; and Who's Who in America. He also has received several awards for his teaching and research.

October 23, 2001


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