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Brian Martensen Named Dean of College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Martensen joined University as faculty member in 2006, has served as interim dean since 2013.

2015-04-23
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-23-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Brian Martensen (pictured) has been named the new dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Martensen’s appointment was announced Wednesday by Minnesota State Mankato Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells after a national search. Martensen has served as interim dean of the college since July 2013. He was interim associate dean of the college from February-June 2013.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Martensen as the new dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology,” Wells said. “Dean Martensen’s commitment to innovative and world-class undergraduate and graduate education; recruitment and development of faculty of prestige; faculty and student achievements at the national and international levels; and applied research projects that have the greatest positive impact on our region make him a great fit for this important leadership position for our University. Brian’s collaborative leadership style and commitment to shared governance will continue to serve our campus and community well.”

During Martensen’s time as interim dean, the college expanded its successful outreach activities for middle and high school Latino students to African-American students while continuing to provide activities that encourage middle school girls to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Martensen also serves as the University’s representative on the steering committee for Greater Mankato Growth’s Project ABE (Agricultural Business Epicenter), which is working to build existing agricultural business prominence in the South Central Minnesota Agricultural Region.

Martensen said that as dean, he looked forward to continuing to lead the College of Science, Engineering and Technology in preparing students for their futures.

“Given the importance of information and scientific literacy in our global society, it is vital that our college develops graduates to think critically, analyze complex situations and recognize the wide-ranging and long-term impacts of the decisions they make,” said Martensen. “In particular, we are focused on preparing our students for high-demand STEM careers, but also with the ability to establish themselves to be influential and well-respected citizens and community members for the state of Minnesota.”

Martensen came to Minnesota State Mankato in 2006 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and he later earned promotions to associate professor (2009) and full professor (2013). He served as department chair from July 2010 to February 2013.

Prior to joining Minnesota State Mankato, Martensen held faculty appointments at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and The University of Texas at Austin, as an assistant professor and post-doctoral fellow, respectively. Martensen has received honors and awards for his outstanding teaching and excellence in advising and has been the principle or co-principle investigator on several grants.

Martensen earned master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics from Montana State University after earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State Mankato is made up of 10 academic departments and five applied research centers.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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