May 18, 2022

Former engineering dean receives Impact Award


Joseph Stanislao, dean of the NDSU College of Engineering from 1975-1993, was named the inaugural recipient of the College of Engineering Impact Award.

The College of Engineering created the award to recognize individuals for their contributions to the college. Stanislao was selected as the first recipient for his commitment to excellence, dedication to the mission of the college and vision for the future.

Stanislao was recognized during a special event May 12. He also was selected as the keynote speaker for the spring 2022 Ring and Pin Ceremony held May 13 to induct new graduates into the Order of the Engineer and Pledge of the Computing Professional.

“Be creative in your profession. Everyone believes that they are creative, but you will not reach professional maturity until you have created something new and original that no one has done before,” Stanislao told students. “You will feel great when you walk on grounds and in space where no other person has been.”

While at NDSU, Stanislao was instrumental in bringing the Robert Perkins Center for Computer Technology Transfer to campus in 1985, doubled the number of degrees offered by the college and saw enrollment increase from 657 students to more than 2,500.

In 1991, he received the first Economic Development Award at NDSU for his substantial contribution to the economic development of North Dakota through teaching, research or service activities.

Stanislao earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Texas Tech, master’s degree in industrial engineering at Penn State and Doctor of Engineering Science from Columbia University.

Prior to coming to NDSU as dean and professor, he was associate dean at Fenn College of Engineering, Cleveland State University, Ohio. From 1962-1971. He also was a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston.

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