OSU’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in an uproar – and so are a number of Oregon high tech industries with strong high tech ties to OSU.
When Oregon State University’s head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department was told she would soon no longer run the department, it created an uproar, not only among department faculty and staff, but also among OSU client supporters, the likes of IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix and Tripwire – and more.
The impending removal of Terri Fiez as department head rattled a lot of folks who have praised the department for making degree holders as well as post graduate degree holders “job ready” when they leave the halls of higher learning. Fiez is well liked and respected according a blizzard of letters, phone calls and emails that poured into OSU’s top administration including the office of OSU President Ed Ray. Yet Ray is reported by the Oregonian newspaper as borderline defiant in the face of such criticism.
It’s left a lot of people scratching their head wondering what was such a problem that justified such a tumultuous decision? Nobody seems to be talking. And several large high tech companies are considering rolling back their financial support for the program.
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