Founding Dean Has Grand Plans for USD School of Engineering

USD Magazine -- For as long as he can remember, Chell Roberts, PhD, has been a big fan of numbers. While classmates were scaling jungle gyms and playing dodgeball at recess, a 10-year old Roberts would sequester himself in the library, poring over advanced algebra and calculus books in an attempt to understand all those strange symbols that were, for some unknown reason, so appealing.

“You know, I can’t put my finger on why, but I was really interested in math as a kid,” he recalls, smiling. “I’d sit with these advanced mathematics books and pretend I could read them; understand the language they were speaking. I thought it was so cool.”

With more than 40 years of experience as an accomplished educator and administrator in the field of engineering, it’s clear he still does. What’s also clear is that he couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunity to chart the course of USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering as its founding dean. (Full Story

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