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Alumnus selected as College of Engineering Hall of Fame inductee

Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., 1989 graduate of Kansas State University with a master’s degree in industrial engineering, was inducted into the Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame March 29, 2014.

Induction to the hall is the highest honor bestowed on its alumni by the college. Honorees are recognized for their professional success and accomplishment, involvement with and support of the College of Engineering, dedication to the university, and professional and public service.

Caslen became the 59th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2013. Previous to this assignment, he served as chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq. Other prior deployments and assignments include serving as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth; commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and commanding general of the Multi-National Division-North during Operation Iraqi Freedom; commandant of cadets for the U.S. Military Academy; and deputy director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, the Joint Staff.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 and holds a Master of Science from Long Island University.

Alumnus appointed to endowed chair position

Myong Jae Lee, who received his doctoral degree in institutional management from K-State, was recently appointed as a James A. Collins Distinguished Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. His five year appointment begins fall 2014. Lee is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in The Collins College of Hospitality Management at the university.

“I am truly honored and humbled,” said Lee. “I never forget that I am representing KSU’s hospitality graduate program here at Cal Poly Pomona. I, as a graduate program director and now as an endowed chair, want to do well not only for myself, but also for my alma mater.”