The event marked the first time a Ph.D. student had made their defense at UK Paducah.
The new department offers two four-year undergraduate degrees in lean systems engineering technology and computer engineering technology.
Previously, Akafuah served as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and associate director of IR4TD. He succeeds Kozo Saito, who served as director of IR4TD since 2007.
Under this three-way partnership, UK’s project will receive approximately $23.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense
The Engineering Technology Department was made possible, in large part, to a $2.25 million gift from Toyota.
The inaugural Young Alumni Philanthropy Council class consisted of 24 alumni. The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 p.m. on August 4, 2021.
WAARP is located at North Farm off Ironworks Pike, a 971-hectare agricultural research facility operated by the University of Kentucky.
Wayne Sanderson knew at a young age that he had a gift, and that he wanted to be a mentor for the next generation.
The program developed thanks to a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Engineering and different departments and faculty research labs.
Shelman received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1981 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987. She is also a 2021 recipient of the UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.