A message from dean Gene Cilento

Portrait of Dean Gene Cilento

Gene Cilento is the Glen Hiner Dean of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University.

Welcome to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. For more than 125 years, the College has been offering students seemingly endless opportunities for exploration and research.

The College has grown in leaps and bounds since the turn of the century, with more than 4,000 students enrolled in our seven academic departments. This growth has led to the hiring of 18 additional tenure-track faculty members, as well as construction of our new Advanced Engineering Research Building, which is expected to be completed in late 2014. The building, with a price tag of more than $43 million, will be 105,000 square foot total, will feature 70,000 square feet of much needed flexible research laboratory space, as well as a 35,000 square foot office and teaching space.

The faculty and staff in the Statler College are dedicated to providing students with a first-rate education that instills strong basic knowledge for sound practice in science and engineering. Our graduates are highly sought after by business and industry, with many occupying key leadership positions in top engineering firms both at home and abroad.

Our students have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of campus life including study abroad opportunities, student design teams, and extracurricular activities. Many participate in faculty research and also take advantage of co-op and internship programs.

This is an exciting time to be a student in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources as we continue to grow and enhance our programs. I encourage students to take full advantage of the rich learning environment available at West Virginia University. For supporters and potential collaborators in industry, federal laboratories, and elsewhere, I welcome your interest in the Statler College. Please do not hesitate to contact me to pursue opportunities for collaboration.

Gene Cilento
Glen H. Hiner Dean



Deans of the College of Engineering, West Virginia University

  • 1895-1899: William S. Aldrich (He was not an officially appointed dean, but he served in that capacity. He left the position in 1897 due to the Spanish-American War and returned in 1898.)
  • 1900-1910: No official dean
  • 1911-1932: Clement R. Jones
  • 1932-1944: Roland P. Davis
  • 1944: Willard W. Hodge
  • 1945-1955: Roland P. Davis
  • 1955-1975: Chester A. Arents
  • 1975-1979: Bill L. Atchley
  • 1980-1991: Curtis J. Thompkins
  • 1992-1995: Robert M. Desmond
  • 1995-2000: Allen C. Cogley
  • 2000-Present: Eugene V. Cilento

Directors/Deans of the School of Mines/College of Mineral and Energy Resources (COMER), West Virginia University

  • 1930-1939: Charles E. Lawall, director, School of Mines (School of Mines splits from the College of Engineering in 1930)
  • 1939-1948: Dennis Lee McElroy, director, School of Mines
  • 1948-1961: G. Ralph Spinder, director/Dean, School of Mines
  • 1961-1970: Charles T. Holland, director/Dean, School of Mines
  • 1970-1978: Jay H. Kelley, dean (In 1975, School of Mines changes its name to COMER)
  • 1978-1981: Joseph W. Leonard, dean of COMER
  • 1981-1984: George Fumich, dean of COMER
  • 1984-1991: John Schroder, dean of COMER
  • 1991-1995: Dr. Larry Grayson, dean of COMER