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AEM alumnus David Holger selected for top role in ABET


Dr. Holger is a three time graduate of AEM and was recently elected President-Elect of ABET, which oversees accreditation for engineering and technology schools across the nation. Photo courtesy of Iowa State University.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) selected David K. Holger, Ph.D., as its 2008-2009 President- Elect at its spring Board of Directors meeting. Holger is currently Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate College at Iowa State University. He is a three-time AEM graduate, receiving his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1970, 1971 and 1974, respectively. Holger will be installed as president at the conclusion of the 2008 ABET Annual Meeting this November.

The role of ABET president is a significant honor and responsibility, Holger said.

“The engineering profession and engineering education are undergoing critical transitions related to a variety of issues including globalization, educational delivery, accountability, certification, quality assurance, and the appropriate educational level for entry into the profession,” he said. “ABET can and must play a crucial facilitative and collaborative leadership role in resolving these and other important emerging issues."

Holger and his students have published numerous papers on various aspects of noise control and he is the co-holder of three U.S. patents.   He served as editor-in-chief of Noise Control Engineering Journal, the international archival journal of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, from 1996 through 2004.    He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of ABET, and an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

He became involved in ABET as a program evaluator for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Holger joined Iowa State’s Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1974, was promoted to professor in 1984, and was appointed chairman of the new Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 1990. From 1995 through 2004, he served as Associate Dean of Engineering with responsibilities for academic programs and resources.

Professor Holger recalled his time at AEM fondly and as a formative experience.

“My undergraduate and graduate curricular and co-curricular education as a student in the AEM department and IT provided me with the technical, personal, and professional foundation that has enabled me to contribute at various levels throughout my career,” he said. “The fundamental and specialized courses were great, the mentoring was personal and effective, and the opportunities for leadership development in the department, IT, and university allowed me to develop personal and organizational skills that continue to serve me well.”

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