Sorem named dean of the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Friday, September 14, 2012

The University of Tulsa has named James R. Sorem Jr. the new dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS).

Dean SoremSorem has served as senior associate ENS dean for 18 years and was appointed the college's interim dean in February 2012 after the sudden passing of Steven J. Bellovich, who had led the college for more than 16 years.

In announcing the appointment, Roger Blais, TU's provost and vice president for academic affairs, commended Sorem for his dedication to the college. "Jim has served as interim dean with great competence and integrity," Blais said. "As associate dean, Jim held the fiscal management responsibilities of the college for many years and has been a strong advocate for TU's science and engineering initiatives."

A registered professional engineer, Sorem joined TU in 1985 after working as a design engineer for GASO Pumps in Tulsa. He is an alumnus of the University of Kansas, where he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. Sorem is a member of several organizations including the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Also known as OK EPSCoR, the state committee promotes Oklahoma's research efforts and competitiveness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sorem's other professional affiliations include the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Pilots Association, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma.

Sorem's appointment follows a historic period of growth for ENS. Since 1994, the college has increased research funding by $11 million and added 15 full-time faculty members. In the past year, ENS has opened two new buildings on campus and introduced state-of-the-art field equipment into its student labs. TU's Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU) projects continue to build a respected reputation for improving the lives of disabled children through mobility aids and other motorized devices.

Sorem said his decades of academic and industry experience will provide a smooth transition to dean. "I look forward to advancing the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences as we build upon our solid foundation and prepare our talented students to become successful alumni," Sorem said. "Generous donors, passionate faculty and supportive graduates have grown ENS into a premier program that I am proud to lead."

Mona Chamberlin