Dr. Arthur J. Bond
Dean, School of Engineering and Technology and Professor of Electrical Engineering
When Arthur J. Bond became Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Alabama A&M in 1992, the school offered only technology programs and civil engineering. Today the school offers undergraduate degrees in mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering; industrial and engineering technology, and computer science. There are master's degree programs in computer science and industrial technology, and graduate programs in engineering are being developed. Bond is also directing the construction of a new $14.5 million building for the school.
Bond first came to Purdue in 1957 but left in 1959. He returned to complete his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D.degrees. As a graduate student, he coordinated the new Purdue Program for Disadvantaged Students, a recruitment and retention program that increased the number of African-American engineering students from 28 in 1971 to 304 in 1978. The Counselor- Tutorial Program he began grew to serve all interested engineering students. Bond also helped develop the Black Doctoral Fellowship Program, assisted in writing the charter for the Black Cultural Center, and co-founded the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Bond joined the faculty in 1974 and was recognized as an outstanding teacher that same year. In 1979 he became an associate professor at the Calumet campus, and in 1980, returned to industry, working with RCA and Allied Signal. Bond returned to academia in 1989 as head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tuskegee University where he twice received awards as an outstanding faculty member.
Bond is or has served on numerous boards including the Alabama Industrial Committee on Engineering, the Steering Committee of the State of Alabama's Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCOR) and the Advisory Board of the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. He has received the Vincent Bendix Award (now the Minorities in Engineering Award) from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Reginald H. Jones Award from the National Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), the Purdue Alumni Service Award, and the Golden Torch Award from NSBE.