Department Chair Speeches

Keith HohnDr. Keith Hohn, Department of Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering Chair

I want to express my congratulations on your accomplishments. Today, you can say that you are an engineer, with all the tools necessary to address society’s most challenging problems. You wouldn’t be here today without demonstrating hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

I am proud of each and every one of you, and look forward to seeing what you accomplish in your careers. Please know that when we say that Miami is a family, we mean it. We are here to serve you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the future if there is anything we can do for you, or even just to tell us what you are doing.

We hope that your Miami education serves you will in the future, and are grateful that you chose to study here. Good luck in whatever the future holds for you.


Jim Kiper photoDr. Jim Kiper, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Chair

Computer Science and Software Engineering graduates, congratulations on reaching this point. I know that our faculty have asked you to work hard; we are now confident that you are ready to conquer the world. Congratulations on your perseverance, hard work and accomplishments.

You are graduating during a challenging period. Perhaps you are thinking that you have been unlucky to be graduating at this time. Or, you may think that you are lucky to have chosen a field of study and work that is one that is highly in demand and also enjoyable and challenging. Before you decide, let me remind you of one of the sayings that hangs by my office door: Branch Rickey said “Luck is the residue of design.”

One of the best parts of being a professor is to learn of the successes of your former students over the years. I look forward to hearing of the stories of your evolving careers, careers that will likely span the world and will be influential in many domains.

It has been a pleasure for our faculty, and for me personally, to work with you over the last four years and to have had at least a small contribution to your success.

Qihou Zhou photoDr. Qihou Zhou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair

On behalf of the ECE Department, I am most pleased to offer the warmest congratulations on your achievements.  This is a joyous moment that you, your family and friends, and all of us at Miami are proud of. 


as a freshman, you electrified the campus and energized it to life.  Throughout your years at Miami,  you have kept current with your classes. You have flip-flopped between the time-domain and the frequency-domain. You have differentiated when distinctiveness is called upon. You have integrated where unity is needed. You have broadened not only your shoulders but also the bandwidth to listen and speak. You have solved problems real and imaginary. You have registered your struggles and smiles in our memories. You will be missed without limits.

As a Miamian, your life is forever convolved with our collective history. We hope Miami has amplified your intellectual potential with great gain. We hope Miami has prepared you well to power through the wide world, viral or not. We hope the code of Love and Honor will resonate with you perpetually. We hope your career will grow nonlinearly. We want to hear from you time-invariantly. We challenge you to further raise the decibels of Tea Time.

Take charge, be in control, the world is yours to transform. Farewell,



 Amit Shukla 2018Dr. Amit Shukla, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Interim Chair

Congratulations to you and your family and friends, as you embark on a new phase of life with this commencement.

We are proud of your accomplishments so far and look forward to many great things you will do in future. As engineering and computing graduates of Miami University you have a unique advantage of being socially engaged and well-rounded scholars.

As graduates you have the tools to design and develop solutions to enhance quality of life. You can solve many grand challenges the world faces. You are part of a community of learners, engineers, problem solvers and leaders.

My challenge to you - make every day count. Just remember, as Master Yoda once said, “Much to learn you still have. This is just the beginning!”