2013 Faculty Senate Nominations
Dr. Michel Barsoum for Faculty Senator
Michel Barsoum is serves as a A. W. Grosvenor Professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Barsoum received his doctoral degree at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology with a degree in Ceramics from Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He started at Drexel University in 1985 as an Assistant and Associate Professor for the Department of Materials Engineering and has since worked for a multitude of universities including the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany for his Sabbatical Leave. Barsoum has also worked at the University of Poitiers in Poitiers, France as a Visiting Professor, the Commissariat a L'Energie Atomique in Saclary, France, the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Wheatly Scholar during Sabbatical Leave and at Linkopin University in Linkoping, Sweden as a Visiting Professor through Sabbatical Leave.
“No enterprise, however useful or vital, can remain viable as long as its costs outpace those of inflation year after year. Sooner or later, something has to give. Two important examples are the cost of healthcare and and that of tuition in this country; both are unsustainable. More importantly, saddling the next generation of young people with insurmountable debt for the glory of the academic enterprise, with its insatiable need for new buildings and amenities, is extremely shortsighted and irresponsible. We are devouring our corn seed. That said, my concern is not only for Drexel students; but for our university to survive in the coming decades. The coming onslaught of online courses and degrees mandate that our school provides a much better value, and that can only happen if tuition is controlled.
Anthony Drexel founded this university to, "provide educational opportunities in the “practical arts and sciences” for women and men of ALL backgrounds." Unfortunately, somewhere along the line we lost the All part, and now we find ourselves merely catering to an affluent upper-middle class and higher. To consider that Drexel University is now one of the 20 most expensive universities in the country makes a mockery of AJ Drexel's vision. If elected I will try, through the faculty senate, to look for ways to slow the rate of tuition increase."
Dr. Christopher Weyant for Faculty Senator
Christopher Weyant is currently a Teaching Associate Professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Weyant joined Drexel faculty in 2011 after teaching in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University as an Assistant Professor from 2008-2011. His career includes serving as a Research Associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, a Scientist in the Advanced Materials and Processes Laboratory at Honeywell Aerospace and a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Thermal Spray Research Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories.
“Drexel University provides a unique student experience giving a strong academic foundation while also celebrating the value of real-world experiential learning. In addition, Philadelphia gives students a visible and real connection to a diverse community allowing sociological, technological and environmental impacts to be contextualized. As the climate of higher education continues to evolve in the twenty first century, as faculty, we play a crucial role in tailoring the academic experience to meet modern challenges. Like technology itself, the future learning environment, means of content delivery and the overall student learning experience must evolve with Drexel University being on the cutting edge.
The Faculty Senate plays a key role in assuring that all voices are heard and innovation continues to drive education on and off campus including in classrooms and research laboratories. Communication between faculty and administration must remain a collaboration of ideas all focused on continually raising the caliber of Drexel University. As the University continues to grow in the context of resource limitations, the best interests of all parties must remain at the forefront of critical decisions. As faculty we have a great opportunity to put our collective faceted creativity towards molding a truly remarkable center of learning."