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Dr. Christine Hailey
Christine E. Hailey, PhD, Dean

Dr. Christine E. Hailey, Dean

Dr. Hailey earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a licensed professional engineer. After a nationwide search, Dr. Hailey joined the College of Science and Engineering as dean in July 2016.

Upon completion of her doctorate, Dr. Hailey joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, where her early work focused on modeling high-speed water entry. She was promoted to Manager of the Parachute Technology and Unsteady Aerodynamics Department and provided technical leadership in the Parachute Laboratory. Dr. Hailey joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University as a tenured faculty member in 1994. In 2001, she was appointed as department chair of the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Texas at Tyler and provided leadership in the development and accreditation of the program. Dr. Hailey returned to Utah State University in 2003 and served as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She was named Dean of the College of Engineering in 2013.

Dr. Hailey has been PI or Co-PI on over $15M in externally funded grants.  She was the Principal Investigator of the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education, an NSF-funded Center for Learning and Teaching. The National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) was a large-scale collaborative network of scholars with backgrounds in technology education, engineering, and related fields. The mission of NCETE was to build capacity in technology education and to improve the understanding of the learning and teaching of high school students and teachers as they apply engineering design processes to technological problems. She was the Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded project entitled “The Influence of MESA Activities on Underrepresented Students.” The Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) outreach program was selected as the subject of this study because of its forty years of experience in introducing engineering to students traditionally underrepresented in the discipline. She is the author or co-author of over sixty publications and proceedings.

Dr. Hailey received the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in 2016 for her efforts to recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, especially women. She is a recipient of the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the Utah Engineers Council Engineering Educator of the Year Award, and the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. She was elected to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET which is the accrediting organization for applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs.

office:  Centennial Hall, 201
phone: 512.245.2119
email:  ceh138@txstate.edu 


Gary Beall, PhD, Associate Dean for Research
Gary Beall, PhD, Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Gary Beall, PhD, Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Gary W. Beall has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry of rare earths and actinides from Baylor University. Dr. Beall’s first job out of graduate school was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he conducted research on the environmental fate of actinides originating from the civilian nuclear fuel cycle. He then moved to industry for 21 years during which time he served as researcher, group leader, technical director, and vice president for a number of different companies and also founded his own company. The central theme of the research conducted during this period was applications of surface modified clay nanoparticles in paint, cosmetics, grease, pharmaceuticals, cat litter, water treatment, and polymers. He has over 117 publications in refereed journals and 48 US patents in his name. Dr. Beall co-edited the first book written on polymer/clay nanocomposites in 2000 and a second on the subject in 2011 coauthored with Dr. Clois Powell.

Dr. Beall is well known for his work on nanoparticles (especially smectic type of nanoparticles) and their surface modification and application in a multitude of application areas. Recent research interests include low cost synthesis of graphenes and other 2-D systems. He is currently Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Formosa Chair, Director of the Center for Nanophase Research, Associate Director of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization program, and Associate Dean of Research and Commercialization for the College of Science at Texas State University.

Dr. Beall is also currently serving as a science advisor and adjunct professor for Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and Distinquished adjunct professor for King Abdulaziz University, SA. He is also founder and CTO of National Nanomaterials Inc.

office:  Centennial Hall, 201
phone: 512.245.2119
email:  gb11@txstate.edu 


Greg Passty, PhD, Assistant Dean, College of Science
Greg Passty, PhD, Assistant Dean

Dr. Greg Passty, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

A professor of mathematics, Greg Passty also holds the position of assistant dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Science and Engineering. Dr. Passty has served in the leadership of the college as both interim and acting dean during the past 10 years. Having joined the  Department of Mathematics faculty in 1982, he also currently serves as the department's coordinator of graduate programs. 

Dr. Passty received his BA (1971), MA (1974), and PhD (1978) in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Dr. Passty's research is in Parallel Sum of Monotone Operators, Convex Optimization, Iterative Construction of Fixed Points of Nonexpansive Mappings, and Splitting Algorithms.

Dr. Passty is founding editor of the Electronic Journal of Differential Equations and also referees the following mathematical journals: Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, and Numerical Functional Analysis and Optimization.

He has received numerous honors and awards including 2003 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics - Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America; Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association, 2003; Texas State University Department of Mathematics Teaching Excellence Award, 1994; and the Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University, 1992.

office:  Centennial Hall, 201
phone: 512.245.2119
email:  gp02@txstate.edu


Chad Booth, Assistant Dean
Chad Booth, PhD, Assistant Dean

Dr. Chad Booth, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

An associate professor of chemistry, Chad Booth was appointed as assistant dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Science and Engineering in 2015.

Booth earned his BS in Chemistry (with ACS Certification) at Southeastern Louisiana University (1995) and his PhD in Chemistry with a graduate minor in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi (2000). Booth then worked in the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center (NSF-STC) for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a post-doctoral research scientist. Booth has been on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University since 2001 and has served as graduate advisor since 2009. Dr. Booth's research interests are in the development of high-performance transparent materials for specialized applications, the development of novel approaches to anti-biofouling transparent windows for marine applications, and flexible materials for use as membranes in natural gas purification.

Dr. Booth has supervised numerous graduate and undergraduate students in his laboratory. His research has been highlighted in Texas Monthly, Images of San Marcos, The University Star, Hill News, and Chemical & Engineering News. Booth is an engaging classroom teacher and has been named “Professor of the Month” by the University PanHellenic council and been named an Alpha Chi “Favorite Professor” five times.

office:  Centennial Hall, 201
phone: 512.245.2119
email:  cb31@txstate.edu