dale callahanLongtime faculty member Dale Callahan, Ph.D., has been named Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Industry Relations for the School of Engineering. In this new role, Callahan will provide guidance to the Master of Engineering Program and will be the school’s primary liaison with industry partners.

“Over many years, Dr. Callahan has distinguished himself as an educator, administrator, and entrepreneur,” says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “Since 2000, he has led the Information Engineering and Management track in the MEng program, and his business savvy makes him an ideal person to help us develop stronger ties to the business community.”

Callahan spent 13 years in the telecom industry before leaving to start his own business. Over a period of several years he launched a number of entrepreneurial ventures in the areas of wireless communications, video games, real estate, and more. He became an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2000, in addition to IEM director, and was promoted to associate professor in 2008.

In his new role, Callahan says he hopes to marshal the strengths of individual MEng tracks to find ways to improve the overall program. “All of our tracks have had great success over the years, and the new tracks that have come online in the past couple of years have great potential,” Callahan says. “I will work with the directors to leverage resources so they can continue to grow.”

Additionally, Callahan will work with current and potential industry partners. Some of these partnerships may produce new revenue streams for the school, but more importantly, they can create opportunities for students while increasing the school’s visibility in the workforce.

Callahan’s academic credentials include a bachelor of science and MBA from Auburn University, a master of science in electrical engineering from UAB, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He also is licensed as a professional engineer (PE) in the state of Alabama.