Dean's Message April 2021: Reconfiguring the Status Quo

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Dear Friends of CAE, 

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering has aspired to establish a community rooted in excellence and integrity. The success of this vision is evident. CAE provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to engage in experiences that continue to cultivate both academic aptitudes and power skills. 

As you may be aware, Spring 2021 has been busy for CAE:

  • We held our first Alumni Townhall in efforts to engage our alumni in conversation and connection;

  • We hosted five "Connect to Your Calling" workshops for prospective and current students to take a deep dive into a program(s) of their interest; and

  • We held our first CAE Industry Week where professionals from Industry Partners met with our students to learn about life after Kent State and how to make the most of their time with CAE.

We are reconfiguring the status quo by reshaping expectations and engineering possibilities. We are doing what has never been done; we are inventing the future by redesign. When CAE is met with challenges in the face of adversity, we lean into our diversity and find our footing in the strengths of our team; in order to overcome, we intertwine.

The value in our strategy has been recognized in the success of Safety Symposium 2021, an aviation safety event that served in place of the annual Safety Conference. The continued growth and success of our community is largely possible because of the personal investment our alumni and industry experts make in the development of our students - our future leaders. In recognition of this fact, please be sure to nominate notable alumni or friends of CAE by April 30th. We are proud to have their support and commitment.  

We strive for cutting edge and are doing whatever it takes to tackle the issues of tomorrow; we go the distance today. We are proud to include programs like cybersecurity engineering in our curriculum that will address the growing importance of cyber-crime safety. As a result, our students are infused into our local community, creating and sustaining a safe, phish-free digital space.   

And most exciting of all, we continue planning the expansion of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building on the Kent Campus which will add approximately 40,000 square-feet of learning, teaching, laboratory, research, and collaborative spaces. We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming Weekend 2021 (Oct. 1-3, 2021) where you will learn even more about this new expansion and how it will impact all we do in CAE! Mark your calendars and save the date; formal invitations from CAE will follow.

Despite the challenges that we have faced, we have found opportunity.  We look forward to engaging with you as the college continues its forward path of excellence. 

With Care, 

Signature of Dean Christina Bloebaum



Christina L. Bloebaum, Ph.D. 

Dean and Professor 

POSTED: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 11:01am