WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia Department of Athletics announces the appointment of Professor of Civil Engineering, Dr. Ahmet Zeytinci, as its new Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) on Thursday, April 13th by President Ronald Mason, Jr. J.D. Zeytinci replaces Dr. Thomas Bullock, who had served in this role since 2012.
"I take this opportunity to first thank Dr. Thomas Bullock for his outstanding service as our NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. Dr. Bullock provided outstanding leadership on our campus, within the East Coast Conference and on the national level as a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council as well as the Faculty Athletics Representative Association," Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas said. "I am grateful to Dr. Zeytinci for assuming this extremely important role which strengthens institutional control over the Department of Athletics. He is an outstanding educator who is committed to excellence, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity."
In this role, Zeytinci has been designated to serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. The main role of the FAR is to ensure that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics.
Zeytinci has been affiliated with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at the University of the District of Columbia since August 1986. At the 2016 UDC Founder's Day, he earned the Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker Distinguished Educator's Award, which is "presented to an individual whose laudable contributions as an educator have made a discernible different in The District, nation's schools, colleges, universities, or private institutions of learning."
A "Fellow" from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Zeytinci is an award-winning professor, structural engineer, author and former chair of the Department of Engineering, Architecture, Aerospace Technology and Fire Sciences in SEAS.
"Dr. Z", as he is affectionately known around campus, has extraordinarily high standards, has produced award-winning designs, is prolific in professional service, and infects others with these same values. He is the recipient of more than a dozen local, regional, and national awards, including the recent national award "Excellence in Engineering Education – 2015" from the NSPE.
In addition to his teaching, research and university service, Dr. Zeytinci has also been writing a monthly technical column titled "Dr. Z's Corner" for the Newsletter published by the American Society of Civil Engineers – National Capital Section. His popular column is read worldwide by engineering students, engineers and educators.
Dr. Z has also been a volunteer, Chapter and State Coordinator of the MATHCOUNTS for the last 20 years, and received the DIAMOND service award. MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition designed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade middle school students held every year in every state in the US.
Also, Dr. Z's pro-bono Saturday classes at UDC are well known in the DC Metropolitan area. For the last 10 years, he has been running FE and PE exam prep classes for students and engineers not only from UDC, but also from other universities in the metro area as well. These courses are free, and he provides participants with coffee, water and sandwiches.