Priestley and Uribe Retire from Kent State University

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Roberto Uribe, Ph.D., and Robert Priestly, M.S., retire this month after a combine 35 years of service at Kent State University. The College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) professors have seen the college through name changes, dozens of graduating classes and interim deans.

A retirement party will take place in the Aeronautics and Technology Building, May 9 at 11 a.m. to honor the pair who have made such a positive impression on CAE students, faculty and staff.

“Roberto has set a great example for departmental leadership, teaching, mentoring new faculty and research,” says CAE Assistant Dean Jackie Ruller. “I will miss our spirited conversations most.”

Uribe began working at the college in 1990 as a visiting associate professor and was appointed for graduate faculty status two years later in a tenure track position. In 2000 he was appointed as the interim associate director for the program on electron beam technology, going on to hold roles as assistant dean, and coordinator for applied engineering technology. He will retire as a Professor and researcher in radiation physics.

Priestley began working at Kent State in 2013 as an assistant professor in air traffic control. During his time at the CAE, he has ushered many students through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations as well as teaching the best practices and primary skills needed to be successful in the industry.

“We’ve been extremely fortunate to have a controller with over 30 years of air traffic experience, to include being on faculty at the FAA Academy, leading our Air Traffic Control program,” says CAE Associate Dean Maureen McFarland. “Rob’s dedication to everything he does is truly unparalleled. He is a friend to all, and especially passionate about student success. He will be greatly missed.”