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Sorem retires from UTulsa after 39 years

James R. Sorem, Jr.After 39 years at The University of Tulsa, James (Jim) R. Sorem, Jr., dean emeritus of the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences and professor of mechanical engineering, officially retired from the College of Engineering & Computer.

Sorem began his career in 1985 as a professor of mechanical engineering before becoming dean of the previously named College of Engineering & Natural Sciences in 2012. He served as dean until 2023 when he took a yearlong sabbatical.

Sorem was feted on May 8 with a retirement celebration at the University Faculty Club where Andreas A. Polycarpou, the James R. Sorem Inaugural Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science, kicked off the event.

“It’s crystal clear that Jim’s legacy with the college will be everlasting,” Polycarpou said. “Jim did a great job preparing the college and considering how we build it for the future. It’s fitting that the university chose to name the deanship in his honor.”

Faculty members shared their thoughts on Sorem.

“Jim is an excellent teacher inside and outside the classroom,” said John Henshaw, Harry H. Rogers Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering.

Mohan Kelkar, chair of petroleum engineering, echoed his thoughts. “There are a lot of good qualities about Jim. He had a true passion for TU and always consulted with people before making decisions. He was very transparent in his dealings,” Kelkar said.

In closing the celebration, Sorem shared a few thoughts.

“I appreciate all the kind words. I started this great ride in 1985, and it feels like it was yesterday. Time does fly,” he said. “TU has been my extended family, and I intend to keep it that way.”

Sorem received several gifts, including a signed frame for a group photo and a watch to commemorate his retirement.