Dr. Dennis J. Tyner joined Ottawa University in January 2007 as Vice President and Provost of The College. He has been teaching at the collegiate level since 1986 when he began lecturing at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Immediately prior to coming to Ottawa University, Dr. Tyner served for 8 years as the Dean of The David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the nation. In that capacity, he helped to reverse a decade long trend of declining enrollment and was able to substantially increase the number of undergraduate engineering students enrolled at the school. During that time he was instrumental in the development of new undergraduate program offerings, he designed an annual Engineering Summer Camp and a semi-annual Engineering Showcase, and he established the school’s first on-line graduate program.
Dr. Tyner grew up in Boston, MA and earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1985, 1986, and 1992, respectively. His primary research focused on applying digital communication methods in magnetic storage systems to increase the storage capacity of magnetic media. He published several articles on his research and presented his results at national and international conferences. While pursuing his BS and MS degrees, Dr. Tyner was employed by GTE as a member of the Radio Products Group of their Communication Systems Division, and during that time he was part of a team that developed the secure communication radios for the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, and for the NASA Space Shuttle.
After earning his doctorate, Dr. Tyner joined the faculty at Norwich University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering where he developed and taught new courses in communications and digital signal processing. In addition to his academic work, he served Norwich University in several other areas during his 14 year employment with them, including admissions, facilities operations, student activities, and athletics. He also served as a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall and authored two solutions manuals for electric circuits textbooks that he evaluated.
Dr. Tyner is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and he served as advisor to Norwich’s student chapter from 1994 to 2006. He was instrumental in helping the chapter achieve national recognition, as they were twice voted as the runner-up and twice voted the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter. In 1997, Dr. Tyner was nominated for, and received, the Tau Beta Pi Most Outstanding Advisor Award. That same year, he was also selected to serve the organization as a facilitator for their award-winning Engineering Futures program, and he travels to schools across the nation to deliver seminars on public speaking, interpersonal skills, analytical problem solving, meeting management, and team chartering.
Dr. Tyner and his wife Patricia have 8 children and they reside with 5 of them in Ottawa, KS. One of his children (Kristi) and his wife are graduates of Ottawa University, and three of his children (Kandi, David, and Kevin) are currently enrolled in courses at the Ottawa campus.