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May 27, 2010

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UT Tyler Associate Professor Named ABET Commissioner


Dr. J. Torey Nalbone, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler, will serve on the ABET Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission for the 2010-11 year, Dr. James Nelson, College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.

As a commissioner, Nalbone will act as a team chair for program evaluation visits, supervise program evaluators and serve as a contact point for academic programs during their accreditation cycle and advocate for engineering programs in deliberations for their reaccreditation during the annual ABET Commission meeting.

His appointment is effective in July at the close of the 2010 ASAC Summer Meeting.

“Being appointed to the ABET Commission is an honor as it demonstrates that my professional and academic peers at other institutions believe in my capabilities and my belief in the process of academic accreditation,” said Nalbone. "It is also a great opportunity for me to bring representation for The University of Texas at Tyler to a national accreditation body which is highly respected by engineering and applied science programs around the world.”

ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology, is a federation of 30 professional and technical societies representing these fields.

Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for more than 75 years. For more information, visit www.abet.org.

Nalbone also recently was elected chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and has been active on technical committees of the American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

He holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University and has been a practicing industrial hygienist for more than 25 years.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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