Office of the Dean
Phone: (208) 885-6470
Fax: (208) 885-6645
Janssen Engineering (JEB)
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011
Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
Fax: (208) 364-3160
Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
Vandal Engineering News
October 2011Greetings alumni and friends!
As another school year has begun I am delighted to send you this Dean's E-Letter as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. With this issue we are trying a different format that I hope you will find more succinct and informative. I am keeping my comments shorter than in past E-Letters and we are highlighting a variety of items from which you can click to find more detailed information. So take a look and let us know what you think. We will seek to make modifications based on your feedback until we get it right.
We have begun the fall 2011 semester with 1266 undergraduate and 457 graduate students for a total of 1681 primary majors. We serve these students through 9 undergraduate and 14 graduate degree programs. At this time we also have nearly 100 faculty and 50 staff. I'm sure you will agree with me that these numbers demonstrate that the College of Engineering is an important and viable organization.
I'd like to announce that Robert Marvin '51 BSCE and Dolores A. Griffith have committed to an anchor gift of $125,000 to the College of Engineering's Endowed Chair for Civil Engineering Campaign. This endowed chair will contribute to the University not only by providing the College of Engineering the ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, but will benefit students who will be able to work with and learn from world-class researchers, educators, and academic leaders.
In concert with our strategic plan we are putting a greater emphasis in our students' success and developing a legacy of leading. A key example is the implementation of the John C. Wahl Think Tank, one of the College's top priorities which will transform how we support our students. We are grateful to the Frances and John Wahl Foundation for their leadership-level gift, as well as our advisory board members, alumni, and many friends for their generosity that has allowed this new student services center to be built.
Throughout the summer and fall we have been renovating the Janssen Engineering Building to include a state-of-the-art physical space with flexible meeting space for our students. More than a meeting place, The John C. Wahl Think Tank will provide services to aid in recruitment, retention, tutoring, internships, and so forth - it is all about student success. I invite you to join alumni, faculty, friends, and donors on October 28 at 3:30 as we dedicate this facility.
Again, I hope you like this new format and if you have any suggestions on how we can improve it, send them to our web coordinator, Becky Gibson, at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest in our college and I'll be writing to you again next month.
Jacob Bow, a senior in chemical engineering and mathematics, plans to obtain a doctorate in materials science and engineering, and conduct research for novel materials for biomedical or other advanced technical applications.
read more about Jacob »
Quinn MacPherson, a junior in materials science engineering and physics, will pursue a doctorate in physics, and conduct research in neural network modeling and empirical physics and teach at the university level.
read more about Quinn »
Professor Tokuhiro recently presented to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and The Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan calling for "radiation and reason." promoting an understanding of radiation, reason instead of fear, and to foster greater forthrightness in the institutional response to food and human health monitoring. read more »
The new Engineering Scholars program is off to a strong start with 39 freshmen participants. This program has been designed for high-achieving students to enhance their learning experiences with unique opportunities and extra personal interactions. As the program evolves, we plan to develop exclusive opportunities for study abroad, undergraduate research, and industrial internships. More
A new M.S. degree in Technology Management began this fall and is available in Moscow or worldwide through the college’s Engineering Outreach program. More
We'd love to hear from you. Please contact Mary Lee Ryba at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (208) 755-4916