Professor Sami Ghezawi, program coordinator for the Civil Engineering concentration within the Engineering Technology program, has been appointed to the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Board of Accreditation. “Your expertise as an accreditation site visit team member and team chair has been an invaluable addition to ATMAE accreditation, and we look forward to your participation on the Board of Accreditation,” wrote Caitlin Schwab-Falzone, ATMAE Director of Accreditation, in a letter informing Ghezawi of his appointment to a three-year term ending in November 2022.
Ghezawi, who has been full-time faculty since 2006, first attended an ATMAE conference as an observer in 2012. In 2013, when the Engineering Technology programs at Pellissippi State were accredited by an ATMAE visiting team, Ghezawi stepped up as a volunteer team member, working alongside college and university educators and administrators as well as industry professionals dedicated to developing a competitive applied engineering workforce through specialized accreditations for two- and four-year degree programs.
“I have participated in seven site visits, two of those as team chair,” Ghezawi explained. “The site team tours the campus to view classrooms and equipment, meets with students and advisory boards, then convenes to discuss our findings. This gives us an opportunity to determine if those targeted programs are meeting the standards set by ATMAE to receive accreditation.” Starting as a site visit team member enabled Ghezawi to see how Pellissippi State could improve its efforts toward successful site visit and accreditation, “a goal with our Engineering Technology faculty and staff worked diligently together to successfully complete,” he noted.
Meanwhile, serving as a chair gave Ghezawi additional experience in team management and administration, as he developed the on-site tour schedules and shared conclusions with the board after visits. “As a member in ATMAE Board of Accreditation, I look forward to furthering my understanding of the outcome assessment accreditation process and working with other ATMAE colleagues and friends to uphold the standard of excellence ATMAE strives to achieve,” he said.
From “Inside Pellissippi” December 16, 2019