College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Two IMSE professors receive tenure

Two faculty members from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) have been granted tenure following a decision from the Iowa Board of Regents.


Associate professor Michael Dorneich and assistant professor Stephen Gilbert were both given tenure after the moves were approved by the Iowa Board of Regents during their April 12 meeting in Council Bluffs.

“I have always felt welcome by my colleagues and I am happy to continue here with them,” said Dorneich. “Tenure promotions like this allow researchers and teachers to be a bit more strategic in their decisions on what to work on and how to allocate their time and energy. We can take on more long term challenges.”


Gilbert echoed Dorneich’s sentiment.

“I am relieved, and so happy to be a permanent member of the IMSE family. I love it at Iowa State, and I look forward to continuing the adventure,” Gilbert said.

In addition to their responsibilities with IMSE, Dorneich and Gilbert both also serve as researchers at Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. The duo both said that the promotion will be good for their research as well as their teaching.

“I look forward to being able to explore more innovative directions in my research and teaching — ideas that might not be as certain to receive funding,” Gilbert said.

Dorneich said he thinks it opens up possibilities for research collaboration in the future.

“I feel Iowa State is a truly collaborative place, and it’s working with so many people with so many varied interests that keeps the job fun, fresh, challenging, and ultimately rewarding,” Dorneich said.

The promotions will take effect on July 1, 2018.