Engineering a Better College Experience with Glenn Beltz

As an advisor and an advocate, Professor Glenn Beltz has had a enormous impact on the experience of many of UCSB's mechanical engineering students. He is nearing his 30th year as a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at USCB. For the last 18 years, he has served the College of Engineering as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, sharing his passion for education.

Glenn Beltz received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon in 1988. He received a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences in 1992 from the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he specialized in solid mechanics. At UCSB, he teaches courses in design, statics, the strength of materials, and advanced solid mechanics. His research has focused on solid mechanics as it applied to materials problems, particularly ceramic-based composite materials, as well as on the mechanics and physics of crystalline defects (e.g., remediation of dislocations in gallium nitride and other optoelectronic materials). Professor Beltz has a deep commitment to undergraduate education and a true love of undergraduate teaching. He directs the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering, which serves five degree programs in the College of Engineering at UCSB. The unit's responsibilities include recruitment of undergraduate students, accreditation, and most importantly, providing advising and other academic support to current undergraduate students.

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This episode was first broadcast on KCSB-FM 91.9 on November 10, 2022.