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Director of Advancement

A large part of our mission in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology is to work in synergy with government and industry to share ideas, solutions, and innovations.  We are extremely fortunate to enjoy a working relationship with many industrial and commercial partners who recognize the vast contributions we can make to the general welfare for our future leaders and appropriate areas of research. 

As Director of Advancement for CAEST, I have had three goals for my tenure in this position.  One is the engagement and involvement of our alumni base to our mutual betterment, the second is cultivation of corporate partners who share common interests and who provide input on appropriate curricular changes to keep in step with the dynamics of corporate job functions, and the third is to raise the profile of our college so that its goal and mission is well known both regionally and nationally.

This college, while maintaining its core values of industrial technology is leaping into the future with new industry driven programs in aerospace engineering, mechatronics, formal innovation curriculum, sustainable technology, liquid crystal engineering, and computer engineering technology. 

This is in addition to our highly rated aeronautics program featuring flight technology, air traffic control, airport management, aviation dispatch, and more.   It is my pleasure to cultivate partnerships which aid both the company and the college while engaging loyal alumni along the way.

If you would like to join our team, please feel free to contact me and we will jointly explore ways that you can engage in the college  through volunteering time such as speaking to an appropriate class, scholarships and  donations for research, and input to make us better.  Please join with us as we make the college better in every way to best serve our student body and our region and state.

Benefits of partnership include:

  • Applying for federal, state and local government grants and/or projects (e.g., SBIR)
  • Providing consulting services
  • Access to research
  • Training for employees
  • Preparing students for careers in industry
  • Giving back to the community

John A. DeCola

Director Institutional Advancement
375 Terrace Drive
117B Van Deusen Hall
Email: jdecola2@kent.edu
330-672-8754
330-224-3287 (cell)


Generous donors, Lynn and Barbara Putrich are showing their KSU pride below. Lynn is an alumni and former Vision 21 recipient. Thank you Lynn and Barbara!

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