ECU names department chair for Technology Systems

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The College of Technology and Computer Science at ECU has named Dr. Tijjani (TJ) Mohammed as the chair for the Department of Technology Systems (formerly the Department of Industrial Technology).

Mohammed has been employed as a faculty member of East Carolina University for 16 years. He most recently served as the interim chair of the department for two and a half years.

He has served in various other capacities, including as graduate advisor for several master’s and PhD students, and as coordinator for the Digital Communications and Computer Networking Management concentrations and the Computer Network Professional Graduate Certificate program.

“I was surprised and humbled that I was one of the faculty’s top picks for the chair position,” Mohammed said. “It is very exciting to work in a department that has houses accessible technology programs in high-demand fields that directly impact regional and statewide economic development.”

Mohammed received his B.S. in Technical Education from the University of Central Missouri, an M.S. in Electronics and Computer Technology from Indiana State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Education from Texas A&M.  He has a strong history of collaboration on a variety of externally funded projects and on a number of publications in information and computer technology and related areas.


Fifty businesses expected at ECU networking event

ECU engineering student Barbara Sage is shown installing components for a heart metering device she is building in an ECU class. Engineering students are among those urged to take advantage of the networking event on campus. (Photo by Jay Clark)

ECU engineering student Barbara Sage is shown installing components for a heart metering device she built in class. Engineering students are among those urged to take advantage of the Feb. 20 networking event on campus. (Photo by Jay Clark)


The College of Technology and Computer Science at East Carolina University will host an Employer & Student Networking Day from noon-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.

Approximately 50 businesses are expected to attend the free, annual event. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited, particularly those pursuing a degree in the fields of computer science, engineering, construction management and technology systems.

Students are encouraged to research any companies they might be interested in working for before attending the event.

“We are committed to building…alliances between our college, our programs, and the business community,” said Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for academic affairs at the college.

Members of the business community will also have the chance to converse directly with faculty and college administrators during a lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. Students will arrive and can meet with company representatives from 1:30-4 p.m.

For additional information, contact Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Technology and Computer Science at (252) 328-9663,; or David Harrawood, director of ECU’s Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering, (252) 328-9654 or


Scholarships to support ECU technology systems students

Students in the East Carolina University Department of Technology Systems will benefit from a $10,000 scholarship award donation by the Grainger Foundation.

David White, dean of the ECU College of Technology and Computer Science, said the affected academic programs serve approximately 1,000 students in several majors, all of which are critical to promoting economic development in the region and beyond.  Scholarship priority will be given to students majoring in industrial distribution and logistics, he said.

“We support collaborative efforts with our local partners to promote student success and provide the talent that industry needs to compete in the global economy.  We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity,” White said.

The donation was recommended by Neil Zingler, branch manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Greenville location.  Grainger has been a part of the Greenville business community for more than 30 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by ECU’s industrial distribution and logistics program,” Zingler said.  “We understand that one of the best ways to invest in our community is to contribute to the education of our workforce.  We are excited to partner with ECU to help support and encourage the students for future success.”

For additional information about Grainger contact: Kristen Lawrence, communications manager, at

For further information about East Carolina University College of Technology and Computer Science, contact White at



Old Dominion funds software lab improvements

ECU students studying industrial distribution and logistics are trained in this lab on SAP software – a workflow management tool used at major corporations across the U.S. An endowment from Old Dominion Freight Lines will go toward purchasing more computers and other materials for this lab. (Contributed photo)

A gift from a national shipping corporation will ensure that more East Carolina University students studying industrial distribution and logistics enter the workforce with experience using a common software package.

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., based in Thomasville, provided the one-time endowment to enhance an existing lab in the College of Technology and Computer Science. Administrators and faculty will use the funding to purchase computers and other equipment needed to train more students in SAP.

Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Technology and Computer Science, described SAP as the software most often used at Fortune 500 companies to manage everything from human resource allocation to purchasing to the supply chain and transportation.

Dr. David White

“Old Dominion’s thoughtful donation will give students a hands-on opportunity to learn software that is vital to the transportation and logistics industries,” said David White, dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science. “Ultimately, this experience will better prepare our students to become leaders in the software business.”

“Old Dominion and East Carolina University have a longstanding partnership,” said Ken Erdner, Old Dominion’s vice president of information system and technology. “The talented students studying technology and computer science at East Carolina University today are the next generation of stars in our industry, and we welcome the opportunity to help them excel in their studies.”

ECU’s Industrial Distribution and Logistics program is the only one of its kind that offers SAP training to graduates. Within a year, program administrators plan to offer a SAP Certificate of Completion.


Technology Systems collaborates with Beaufort County Community College

Beaufort County Community College students toured ECU's laboratory facilities in the Science and Technology Building as part of a visit to the ECU campus in February. (Contributed photo)

The Department of Technology Systems hosted faculty members and ten students from Beaufort County Community College Feb. 22. BCCC’s faculty member, Ben Cole, is a 2003 alumnus from the bachelor of science in industrial technology  program hosted in the Department of Technology Systems. The BSIT program is a degree completion program for graduates of an industrial or technical related associate in applied science degree.

The students are enrolled in one of the following AAS degrees: mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, and electronics engineering technology programs. Students received a Science and Technology building laboratory tour and information about ECU’s engineering and BSIT programs, which they may pursue when they complete their work at BCCC.