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Engineering formalizes leadership roles in CEE and UGS

Nov. 18, 2019

Buch to chair civil and environmental engineering; Idema named head of undergraduate studies

Two leaders in the College of Engineering are both assuming full-time roles for the interim positions they have held since February.

Neeraj Buch and Amanda Idema are assuming responsibilities for full-time roles they have held since February.
Neeraj Buch and Amanda Idema are assuming responsibilities for full-time roles they have held since February.

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel announced that Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies (UGS) Amanda Idema will assume responsibility for Undergraduate Studies within the Dean’s office and Neeraj Buch, interim chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), has been named CEE chair.

Idema started at MSU as an adviser in 2001 and joined the College of Engineering in 2008, where she was promoted to assistant dean in 2014. In her expanded role, she will continue to realign UGS with the contemporary approaches to undergraduate education and improving student services under the reality that enrollment is growing and is expected to continue to do so, Kempel said.

Neeraj joined MSU as an assistant professor in CEE in 1996. Kempel said he rose through the professorial ranks on the basis of a robust research program, award-winning teaching, and solid service. He was the inaugural director of the CoRe program and later became chairperson of CEE in 2011, and associate dean for UGS in 2015.

In returning to the chairperson role in CEE, Kempel said Buch will focus on expanding reach and impact of the department to address the growing national focus on infrastructure and environmental concerns.