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Faculty Focus: Dennis Field

Dr. Dennis Field, Professor

This series highlights outstanding faculty, up close and personal, from one of the College's program areas. This edition features Dr. Dennis Field, professor and program coordinator of Applied Engineering Management (AEM) at EKU.

Accomplished in the academic world, this Iowa native earned an undergraduate in engineering from Iowa State University followed by an MBA at Southern Methodist University. He later returned to Iowa State for a master’s in statistics and doctorate in industrial education technology. He taught at Iowa State until he joined the EKU faculty in 2004.

Along the way, he could not resist the opportunity to travel and was an exchange student in Germany - which was a big help in his first job at Texas Instruments in Dallas. After a year on the job, TI sent him to Germany and Austria as ex-pat and engineer.

His love of manufacturing - making things - drew him to the profession. Working with complex equipment and constantly learning new things is what excites him most. On a personal level, he has made impressive equipment like magnetic bubble memories and night vision equipment and even high-speed integrated circuits with plasma reactors and ion mills. 

During the 13 years at EKU, he has witnessed huge changes within the college and the department. "Faculty work hard to stay current, relevant, and competitive to maintain one of the best AEM programs in the country," Field commented.

EKU's AEM program is hands-on, giving students real-life, kinesthetic experience before they ever leave campus for their professional careers. With no upper-level math requirements, the program is ideal for students who enjoy technology and manufacturing, but might not like high-level math like calculus. 

Jobs are abundant for AEM graduates with exciting careers as quality engineers, mechanical engineers, plant engineers, senior process engineers, field engineers, designers, robotics, industrial electricians, project managers, and production planners/analysts. Field went on to say that if you really like technology and making things, this is a great major to look into. 

Graduates from EKU’s AEM program find rewarding careers at technology-based companies. Field said that students in the program have no problem finding a job after they graduate. In fact, most of EKU’s AEM graduates are employed before they finish their degrees. Field elaborated by saying there are more companies looking for AEM professionals than there are graduates from the program - and they receive great starting salaries. 

For more on the program, visit: | or contact the Applied Engineering Management department at (859) 622-3232.

Published on February 23, 2017

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