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Welcome from the Dean

Pedro Mago

Welcome to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources!

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the College community at this incredibly difficult and challenging time. Collectively, our careers and academic journeys have been interrupted by a pandemic unlike anything any of us have experienced. I want to thank each of you for the sacrifices you have made and for your willingness to adapt to changes. This will be crucial as we move forward in creating a safe place for our community to live and learn.

The Statler College is a key contributor to the economic future of our state and nation. My vision is to build strong partnerships with regional and national organizations, industries, and state agencies to establish new opportunities, identify new areas of collaboration, and promote and enhance the College's existing research capabilities. As a leader in engineering research in West Virginia, the College is committed to engaging in groundbreaking research endeavors and strives to serve the people of the state by stimulating economic well-being through technical innovation, knowledge creation and educational excellence. I also look forward to developing strong collaborations with other academic units across WVU and other universities to establish interdisciplinary educational and research programs and to develop international collaborations for faculty, visiting scholars and student exchanges.

I am deeply honored to join this College and am excited to build on the longstanding tradition of engineering success at West Virginia University. I am excited and optimistic about the future of the College, and I look forward to working closely with our exceptional faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and community leaders to elevate the College to new levels of excellence, distinction, and contributions. My vision is to create a healthy, positive and friendly environment, which energizes everyone, with open and honest communication, in which all of you are productive and feel your opinions and contributions are valued and important to the College.

Furthermore, I am committed to building on the culture of collaboration, diversity and inclusivity at WVU. When diversity is embraced, new perspectives are embraced. When we allow for new ways of thinking, we find new ways to find solutions to problems. My vision is to work with College leadership to proactively recruit, attract, and retain diverse and talented faculty, students, and staff, as well as support the various student groups that promote diversity and enhance the experiences of women and minority groups of students throughout their college career. Diversity is really important to me as a person and a priority to me as Dean, as such, I am committed to supporting and creating programs that foster inclusivity.

As a land-grant university, WVU has a critical role to play in how well the state of West Virginia continues to respond to the global pandemic. This is a pivotal moment for engineers. The pandemic has ignited the scientific and engineering community like never before. Innovative ideas are at the heart of engineering and our College has already made significant contributions by lending their expertise to solve this public health crisis. Now, more than ever, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity is needed to make technological advancements and improve the way we live.

My family and I are very excited to be part of the Mountaineer family and the Morgantown community. I look forward to meeting all of you soon, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Let’s Go!

Pedro J. Mago 
Glen H. Hiner Dean
Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Vicky Rousseau
Office Administrator


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. Tompkins
  • 1992-1995: Robert M. Desmond
  • 1995-2000: Allen C. Cogley
  • 2000-2019: Eugene V. Cilento
  • 2019-2020: Earl Scime, Interim

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: Larry Grayson, dean of COMER