5-year strategic plan development

Committee members

  • Atul Kelkar, Professor (Committee Chair)
  • Robert Brown, Professor
  • Soumik Sarkar, Assistant Professor
  • John Wagner, Academic Adviser
  • Barbara Lograsso, Senior Lecturer & Diversity Coordinator
  • Ashton Archer, graduate student
  • Carolyn Darling, undergraduate student


  1. Provide flexible directions and goals, without being overly prescriptive.
  2. Provide alignment with the organization with respect to mission, vision and objectives of each level: department, college, university and state levels. We can achieve the most when all levels pull together towards mutually compatible ends.
  3. Respond to current and anticipated conditions over the next 5 years, to the extent that they are known. The 5-year strategic plan will interpret the long-range goals in a more immediate context.

Charge to committee

5-year Strategic Plan: 2017:2022

Constituent forums

Constituent forums are being planned for Spring 2016 to provide faculty, staff, students, and alumni with opportunities to comment on the draft and provide additional input. A partial list of planned forums include:

  • Faculty forum: Monday, January 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 2004 Black Engineering Bldg
  • Staff forum: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 2004 Black Engineering Bldg
  • Grad student forum: Wed. January 27th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering Bldg
  • Undergrad student forum: January 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 6 p.m., 2004 Black Engineering Bldg.
  • Industry/Alumni forum during ME Industry Advisory Council meeting, Friday, April 15, 2016, 2004 Black Engineering Bldg

Your comments, questions are welcome

The group working on the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s 5-year strategic plan would like to hear from you any time you have a comment or question. Please email your comments and questions to me-strategicplan@iastate.edu.

Background documents