Paul Dykshoorn, of Alliance, has been named director of the Engineering Technology Department at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. He began his appointment in August. His responsibilities include providing overall leadership to the department, expanding engineering technology academic programs, developing program policies and procedures and building partnerships with regional business and industry.
“Paul Dykshoorn is an excellent choice as the new director of our Engineering Technology Department’s academic programs,” commented Bradley A. Bielski, Ph.D., dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “His impressive professional teaching and real-world experiences will enable him to lead and expand our engineering technology programs.”
Kent State Tuscarawas offers both bachelor and associate degrees in engineering technology. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology offers in-depth specialization in Electronics, Mechanical/Systems, Green and Alternative Energy, 2+2 Integrated and Computer Design, Animation and Game Design. The Associate of Applied Science offers degrees in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Computer Design, Animation and Game Design.
Prior to his appointment at Kent State Tuscarawas, Dykshoorn worked several years in the engineering field as an engineering technology professor at Stark State College and as a research engineer at Babcock & Wilcox Company. He also served as director of the Men’s Challenge in Alliance, and was the pastor at Alliance Christian Center. His professional achievements include obtaining a patent for a Dry Scrubber with Forced Recirculation in 1996.
His teaching experience includes courses in Manufacturing, Processes Environmental Systems, Statics and Strength of Materials, AutoCAD, Machine Design and Mechanical Systems, to name a few.
Dykshoorn earned a Master of Science in Engineering Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and an Associate of Engineering Science from Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y.
Dykshoorn replaces Lori Bears who served as interim director of the Engineering Technology Department for two years after the retirement of Dr. Kamal Bichara.