UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tom Litzinger, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State, has been appointed the College of Engineering's director of educational accreditation effective July 1.
He will assume the role for one year to assist the college through its accreditation review period with ABET, formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Litzinger will serve as the principal point of contact for ABET and the college's departments and will work closely with interim Associate Dean Catherine Harmonosky to guide the college through the ABET evaluation.
Amr Elnashai, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, noted, "ABET accreditation is critically important to our continued ability to deliver the outstanding educational experience that our students expect and deserve. Tom is exceptionally well qualified to lead the college through the ABET process."
Litzinger worked in corporate research and development at General Electric before joining Penn State in 1985.
His awards and honors include the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society's Distinguished Service, Outstanding Research, Premier Teaching and Outstanding Teaching Awards; Penn State's Alumni Teaching Fellow Award; Penn State's Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching; and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering's Department Head Faculty Award.
Litzinger was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2012.
He received his bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State, his master's in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his doctoral degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.
ABET is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. More than 3,300 programs at approximately 680 colleges and universities in 24 countries have been accredited to date.
ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students.