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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

Chad Booth, Associate Dean
Chad Booth, PhD, Associate Dean

Dr. Chad Booth, Associate 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

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

Dr. Paula Williamson, Associate Dean for Research

Paula Williamson is associate dean for research in the College of Science and Engineering and University Distinguished Professor of Biology. She received her B.S. (1981) in Biology from Texas State University, and M.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Williamson joined the faculty of Texas State University in 1988. From 2005-2014, she served as associate dean of The Graduate College.

Dr. Williamson’s research interests are in conservation biology. She is a field biologist and studies reproductive biology, population genetics and community ecology of endangered species. She is also interested in public perceptions of invasive species and their control.

Williamson received the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in both Teaching (1994) and Service (2005). Other awards she has received include the Southwestern Association of Naturalists Meritorious Service Award (2009) and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to graduate education in the southern region (2017).

Dr. Williamson has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations including service on the Executive Committee of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, Executive Council of the Texas Society for Electron Microscopy, Board of Directors of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Board of Directors of the International Water Lily Society, and Botanical Society of America Conservation Committee. She was the first woman elected president of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists in its then 50-year history and has also served as Region I president of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

office:  Centennial Hall, 201
phone: 512.245.2119

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