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WIU Engineering Technology Chair Appointed Senior Fellow for ATMAE

March 24, 2016

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University Department of Engineering Technology Chair Clayton Ray Diez was recently appointed as the first Senior Fellow for History of the Association for Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Diez's new appointment means he will develop a history of ATMAE (formerly NAIT) to be used in the celebration of ATMAE's 50th anniversary at the 2017 conference in Cincinnati.

"Dr. Diez has played an important role in the history of ATMAE, as well as in the field in general," said ATMAE President John Wyatt. "I feel it's only appropriate that Ray is our first ATMAE Senior Fellow and that his focus be on ATMAE's history."

Diez has served in many positions for NAIT and ATMAE. Most recently, he served on a special ad hoc committee to review ATMAE's bylaws. He also served as the ATMAE Board of Accreditation chair, president of the NAIT student division and as an NAIT regional director. In 1994, Diez was named Outstanding Regional Director at the ATMAE 28th annual conference.

Other industry-related positions Diez has served in include director of Region IV and chair of the board for Epsilon Pi Tau and as a professional education consultant and evaluator for numerous education programs. He has also assisted dozens of corporations as an industrial consultant across the Midwest.

In addition, Diez was initiated into a selective membership of the Mississippi Valley Technology Education Conference, named the Outstanding Regional Director and received the Outstanding Professor Award for Region II by the National Association of Industrial Technology and has won numerous awards, including the University of North Dakota (UND) Foundation-McDermott Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching and the UND Memorial Union Outstanding Advisor Award.

The ATMAE Senior Fellow program was started to honor leaders in the field who have served ATMAE with distinction while utilizing their skills to further specific goals within the organization.

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