Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointments of Associate Professor Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar as Voiland College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Research Professor Shelley Pressley as Voiland College’s Associate Dean of Student Services.

Professor Sivakumar will lead all of Voiland College’s undergraduate academic issues, including accreditation efforts, coordinating with units to ensure that the appropriate courses are offered, handling student academic concerns, and working collaboratively with the entire Voiland College team to ensure that students have the support they need to be successful.

Sivakumar has been with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for 20 years. His research interests include statistical signal and image processing, machine learning, graphical modeling and inference, statistical estimation and detection, signal processing and coding for magnetic storage, and data mining. He currently serves as the Chair of Electrical Engineering Curriculum Committee.

Sivakumar will balance this appointment with his faculty position within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. You can contact Associate Dean Sivakumar via email:; phone: 335-4969; or office: Carpenter 518. His office hours this summer are Monday through Friday 9-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Professor Pressley will lead programs supporting Voiland College’s student success. She has significant experience mentoring undergraduates, including running federally funded grants that engage students in high-impact learning practices, and encouraging them to remain in STEM majors.

Pressley will maintain her current 50 percent appointment as the Director of Undergraduate Research for WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Education, a role that will undoubtedly allow her to leverage further success for our student programs.

An active air-quality researcher, Pressley has been with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 14 years. She will continue in her role as principal investigator on a number of federally-funded projects, but will be transitioning most of her day-to-day responsibilities to a post-doctoral scholar. You can contact Associate Dean Pressley via email or visit her office in Carpenter 509.

I’m excited that professors Sivakumar and Pressley have accepted these new roles. My goal is to leverage what we can, adapt what we must, and build new programs that support the specific needs of students within the College. I am convinced that they will further our success in these important initiatives.

Both their positions began July 1, 2018.

Please join me in welcoming Krishnamoorthy and Shelley to their new roles.

Go Cougs!

Dean Mary Rezac's signature

Mary Rezac, Dean
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture