SciTech Staff - Dennis Mitchell

Mitchell, Dennis
Academic Lab Manager I
College of Science and Technology

I have worn many hats in life and have learned from my many experiences dealing with people and different situations. I worked my way up through the ranks as a miner (from laborer to Assistant Mine Foreman for Consol), a realtor, an estimator, a land developer, a manager of my own business, and now as the Academic Lab Manager for the Department of Technology at FSU.

I attended WVU in my early years and later came back to FSU to earn a degree in Civil Engineering Technology, and it was here where I became a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As Academic Lab Manager the Department of Technology at FSU, I saw the opportunity to become even more involved with the students and their engineering competitions by serving 3 one year terms of office in the WV Northern Branch of the ASCE as Vice President, President, and Past President supporting WVU and FSU in networking and engineering competitions. Even though we supported both Universities, my heart was always with the FSU Engineering Technology students.

As the Academic Lab Manager for the Department of Technology, I enjoy helping the ASCE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Clubs in acquiring funds, materials, services, and contacts. These contacts have allowed the clubs to be more competitive in their engineering competitions against larger, well known, and better financed colleges and universities. The ASCE Student Club dominated the regional competition for the last 3 years and went to Nationals. The ASME Student Club is also making their mark. I feel proud I was a part of it all.

In life, I have found that you just can’t sit back and wait for something to happen, YOU have to get out, get off your duff and make things happen. Life is too short so enjoy every minute of every day. You never know what the next day will bring. I love most anything that involves interaction with other people from Texas Holdem Tournaments, basketball, softball, dancing, to so many other things to numerous to mention.

What have you learned during your time at Fairmont State?: 

I like variety in my life, so I look forward to learning about the students that come and go, coping with different situations that arise everyday, and working with other FSU faculty and staff. I have learned that someone always notices that you have a good attitude, a smile on your face, and a happy greeting toward them. I deeply appreciate the highest award that was given to me as the “2006 FSU Classified Employee of the Year.”

What do you like best about working at Fairmont State?: 

I like the proud feeling of being part of a team that is the driving force that makes FSU stand out from other colleges and universities.

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