Dr. Richard Mines to be Named American Society for Engineering Education Fellow


MACON – Dr. Richard O. Mines Jr., professor of environmental engineering in Mercer University School of Engineering, will be named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

The honor will be bestowed upon Dr. Mines and 10 others – representing institutions such as Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Arkansas, Purdue and The Citadel – at the ASEE's annual conference June 15-17 in Seattle.

The Fellow designation is one of unusual professional distinction and is conferred by the organization's board of directors upon a member with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications, significant experience in engineering or engineering technology education or allied field, and contributions to ASEE.

“Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors an engineer can attain, and when it is awarded by an organization affiliated with education like the ASEE, it means that a professor has significantly contributed technical knowledge and skills to the preparation of future practitioners,” said Dr. Wade H. Shaw, dean and Kaolin Chair of Engineering at Mercer. “This award recognizes sustained excellence in engineering education and outstanding service to our national community.”

“I was elated and humbled to learn of my election to the grade of Fellow,” said Dr. Mines. “It is so rewarding to be honored by my colleagues in the American Society for Engineering Education.”

Dr. Mines, who also serves as program director for the Master of Science in Engineering and other related master's programs, has been on the faculty at Mercer since 1998.

He has authored two texts, Introduction to Environmental Engineering (Prentice Hall, 2009) and Environmental Engineering: Principles and Practice (Wiley Blackwell, 2014). His research interests include water and wastewater treatment, biological treatment systems, sludge treatment and disposal, and modeling biological nutrient removal systems.

Dr. Mines earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, his Master of Engineering from the University of Virginia, and his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Military Institute.

Founded in 1893, ASEE is a nonprofit organization committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. It accomplishes this mission by promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service and practice; exercising worldwide leadership; fostering the technological education of society; and providing quality products and services to members.

About the School of Engineering

Mercer University's School of Engineering, founded in 1985, offers innovative and academically challenging programs that provide students with a comprehensive education, featuring a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, a core engineering curriculum, a range of courses in engineering specialties and a strong emphasis on communication technologies. The School is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top three master's-degree-level engineering schools in the Southeast. Known for its breadth of instruction in its undergraduate program and its five-year joint bachelor's and master's degree program, the School combines technical education with hands-on laboratory experience. Mercer engineers can look forward to joining fellow alumni in companies such as Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Lockheed Martin, Georgia Power, Siemens and Gulfstream Aerospace.