Manring appointed interim associate dean
Noah D. Manring, the Glen A. Barton Professor of mechanical engineering, was appointed interim associate dean for research of the University of Missouri College of Engineering, effective May 15.
College of Engineering Dean Jim Thompson announced the appointment March 29, affirming his faith in Manring’s experience and expertise.
“Dr. Manring’s administrative background here, in other schools and in industry gives him the needed qualifications for working with our faculty and managing and enhancing the college’s entire research program,” Thompson said. “I am looking forward to working with Noah again in this capacity to support our faculty and students to grow our research as an AAU [Association of American Universities] College of Engineering to assess the college’s research goals for our students and faculty.”
Manring held the same position from 2004-2007 but left MU to serve as associate dean for administration at Princeton University. Returning to Mizzou in 2008, he was appointed department chairman of electrical and computer engineering, a position he held for four years.
Manring said he’s looking forward to expanding MU Engineering’s reputation for its traditional, as well as innovative, research.
“I’d like to bring more prominence to key research areas while maintaining a strong foundation with our signature programs and traditional research,” Manring said.
Stepping down from the associate dean position after a six-year tenure is C.W. LaPierre Professor Sam Kiger, department chairman of civil and environmental engineering from 1996-2005, Kiger will return to his home department to concentrate on research and national-level projects.
Moving forward, Manring will be tasked with working with the administration and faculty to strategize research goals consistent with the college’s AAU mission. He said he’s looking forward to working with research opportunities across campus and expanding engineering’s research presence in life sciences.
Manring said serving as past chair of ECE and as past associate dean for research taught him how to facilitate research across disciplines.
Part of his immediate charge involves assessing space utilization of the engineering facilities to determine current and future space needs for teaching and research.
Manring also said he’s eager to provide an enhanced, quality research experience for students taking part in the undergraduate and graduate research programs.
In addition to his time in academia, Manring has worked for Caterpillar, Inc., and Sauer-Sundstrand, Inc., now Sauer-Danfoss. Manring began working as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MU in 1997. He left for a year to work for Caterpillar, Inc., and returned in 2000. He served as the MAE Department’s director of graduate studies from 2004-2005.