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Dr. Austin Cheney, Chair, School of Technology

Office: 1018 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-3226
Austin Cheney was appointed Chair of the School of Technology (SOT) at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) effective July 1, 2013.  SOT offers undergraduate degree programs in Applied Engineering and Technology, Career and Technical Education, Computer and Information Technology, and Organizational Development, as well as M.S. degrees in Cybersecurity, Talent Development, and Technology.  In addition, the SOT leads the multidisciplinary M.S. in Sustainable Energy and the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE).
Prior to joining EIU, Dr. Cheney served as Dean of the School of Management and Engineering Technology at Alfred State College (ASC) where he oversaw six departments, and led budget, strategic and operational planning and assessment for the school.  He also served Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) as Founding Director of the internationally recognized Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program, and annually spoke at numerous concrete industry events throughout the country in that role.  In addition, Dr. Cheney has lectured abroad at Tongji University in Shanghai, and led MTSU’s participation with concrete industry executives in the expansion of the CIM program to three new institutions: Arizona State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and California State University at Chico.  Dr. Cheney also spent five years as Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering Technologies at Rhodes State College, in Lima, Ohio, from 1993-1998, where he received the 1995 Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Cheney earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Eastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio, a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, and holds numerous concrete industry certifications. He is a past Chair of both Region 7 and Lima Chapter #97 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, served on the Marketing/Promotion and Education Committees of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and was a member of the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Technology Council Board of Directors.


Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Studies: Management of Technology) - Vanderbilt University
MBA - Eastern Illinois University
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) - University of Dayton
B.M.E. (Mechanical Engineering) - University of Dayton

Professional Engineer - Registered in Ohio
Certified Manufacturing Engineer - Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Certified Concrete Sales Professional - National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Professional Organizations

Electronic Components Industry Associatrion (ECIA) Foundation: Current Board Member

International Association of Journals and Conferences: Current Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorship Affairs

Society of Manufacturing Engineers:  Past International Nominating Committee Member, Past Region 7 Chair, Chair-Elect, and Treasurer; Past Chair of Lima Chapter #97; Past SME Student Chapter Advisor for SUNY: Alfred State and Rhodes State College (Lima Technical College). 


Current research interests include industry-level technology roadmaps, effectiveness of bio-gasification ash by-product as an additive in cement-based applications, and application of business marketing principles in higher education.

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1014 Klehm Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston IL 61920-3099
Fax: 217-581-6607

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