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Michael G. Jenkins, Ph.D., Eng ’80


Michael JenkinsMichael Jenkins is a man of many advances.

He is internationally recognized for his work in standards and codes for advanced materials such as composite and monolithic structural ceramics. He’s advancing the cause of educational excellence through his position as dean of the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. And he’s advancing opportunities for engineers to devote their professional skills to serving humanity through his role as faculty adviser for two student chapters of Engineers without Borders.

As if that weren’t enough, he also has two advanced degrees: a master’s from Purdue and a doctorate from the University of Washington.

Knowing all this, it probably won’t come as a shock that his personal formula for success is the Jesuit ideal of magis, or more.

“Marquette instilled in me two credos I hold dear: magis and Ad majorem dei gloriam,” he says. “The first is a more refined way of expressing what I learned in parochial schools: ‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest until the good is better and the better is best.’ The second expresses why we are here in this life.”

Living for the greater glory of God and for the education of young engineers. Both, for Michael, are divine callings.

“Touching students’ lives and making a difference are what encourage me to continue on,” he says. “Being a teacher, an educator, a learning facilitator is a noble profession.”


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