Southern Illinois University, USA

Engineering Bldg.
Suite 3057, Edwardsville
IL – 62026-1804, USA.

Dr. Ron Schaefer

Dr. Ron Schaefer serves as Director of the Center for International Programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). In this capacity, he oversees International Student and Scholar Services as well as the Office of Study Abroad. From 2006 -2010, he served as acting Director of International Programs. Ron is also a professor in SIUE’s Department of English Language and Literature, arriving in 1986 and promoted to assistant professor in 1990 and full professor in 1995. In 2010 SIUE recognized him as a Distinguished Research Professor. From 1981-1985, Ron taught at the University of Benin, Nigeria, where he began linguistic investigation of the Edoid group of languages. His publications, many with Nigerian colleagues, include grammar, dictionary and traditional texts for the language Emai. Ron received his doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he was a direct exchange scholar to Johannes GütenbergUniversität, Mainz, Germany from 1978-79. Before graduate school, he served as an American Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan from 1971-1973, where he taught English at Kabul University’s Faculty of Engineering. His undergraduate degree in English is from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Dr. Hasan Sevim

Dr. Hasan Sevim obtained the degree of B.S. in mining engineering in 1974 from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, as the valedictorian of his class. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1978 and 1984, respectively, from Columbia University, New York. He joined the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale in 1984 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mining Engineering. He was promoted to associate and full professor ranks in 1988 and 1994, respectively. He served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 1998 to 2006. He became the Dean of the School of Engineering at SIU Edwardsville in August, 2006. The School of Engineering at SIUE is on its way to becoming the “Engineering Center” for southwest Illinois, including the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Early in his career, Dr. Sevim’s research and publications had been in the areas of mine systems optimization and open pit mine scheduling. During the last fifteen years while working as an administrator, he has published in engineering education.