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Department of Engineering Names Chair

O. Hayden Griffin, Jr. has been named the new chair of the Department of Engineering in the College of Technology and Computer Science at ECU.

Griffin comes to ECU from Virginia Tech, where he joined the faculty in 1985 as an associate professor in the College of Engineering and where he was most recently professor and head of the Department of Engineering Education.

Griffin began his career at the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory (now the Naval Surface Warfare Center) in Dahlgren, Va. He subsequently held positions at BF Goodrich in Akron, Ohio, Bendix Advanced Technology Center in Columbia, Md., and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

“I've been aware of the developing engineering department at ECU for several years, and I'm very fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to participate in the next stages of its development.” Griffin said. “In addition to providing excellent educational and career opportunities for young women and men, the ECU engineering program has become an engine of economic and workforce development for eastern North Carolina. Engineering is an exciting, creative profession that strives to make the Earth a better place for all people, and the graduates of this program are well prepared for that task.”

Dean David White of the College of Technology and Computer Sciences said, “I’m delighted that Dr. Griffin has decided to join the college. He has a distinguished record in the field of engineering. His leadership will no doubt be a tremendous asset to our engineering program and to the college.”

Griffin holds bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech.

This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at