FSC scores engineering-tech ‘leader’ as new dean

Farmingdale State draws an ace: Biomedical engineer and higher-learning expert Barbara Christe will take the reins of FSC's School of Engineering Technology on Aug. 20.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Farmingdale State College has selected an accomplished new dean for its School of Engineering Technology.

Barbara Christe, who served most recently as an associate professor and chairwoman of the Healthcare Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will assume her new duties Aug. 20, according to a statement issued Monday by FSC.

Her appointment was first reported July 23 by The Campus Times, a publication of the college’s Office for Institutional Advancement.

The seasoned professor, researcher and administrator brings “a depth of experience and leadership that will serve our faculty and students well,” FSC President John Nader said Monday.

“She is a highly respected leader in her field,” the college president added. “And the right person at the right time to both enhance and expand our program.”

Christe succeeds School of Engineering Technology Interim Dean Michael Goodstone, who has filled the office since Kamal Shahrabi – who’s still a professor of electrical and computer engineering technology at FSC – stepped down in 2017 (between Shahrabi and Goodstone, another interim dean filled in “for just a few months,” a college spokesman said Monday).

John Nader: In Christe, the right choice at the right time.

The new non-interim dean, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Marquette University and a doctor of philosophy in higher education from the University of Phoenix, cited “two compelling qualities” fueling her decision to join the FSC faculty: the school’s strong focus on engineering technology and its “emphasis on student achievement.”

“I sought engineering technology programs specifically because I have taught in engineering technology classrooms for decades, focusing on the applied nature of engineering,” Christe said. “In addition, the reputation of Farmingdale among our engineering-technology peers documented the excellent teaching and learning opportunities in the various majors.”

Farmingdale State’s School of Engineering Technology (with 2,100 enrolled students, Long Island’s second-largest engineering-related school) offers 14 undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree – a master’s degree in technology management, which was first offered starting with the fall 2017 semester.

In addition to her academic credentials, Christe has earned six teaching awards and authored two books (and several book chapters), along with numerous research papers. She also boasts “a successful track record of grant-writing,” according to FSC.

The new dean also serves as a commissioner with ABET, a national nonprofit organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

All told, her curriculum vitae shows FSC has landed itself “a leader in the field of engineering technology,” according to Provost Laura Joseph.

“Her extensive background in accreditation as well as biomedical engineering will surely enhance our efforts moving forward,” noted Joseph, who is also Farmingdale State’s vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Christe’s expertise and leadership abilities will help further our mission and cultivate community partnerships for applied-learning and service opportunities.”


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