Dean's Newsletter December 2014
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Happy Holidays! .
As faculty, staff, and students wrap-up the fall semester and prepare for winter break, I want to highlight some of this semester’s activities. This semester we’ve welcomed 367 freshman undergraduates and 67 new graduate students to our programs. We played host to nearly 100 junior and senior high school students from across Idaho and Washington for our annual . Our faculty and staff were vital in planning , an event that welcomed over 500 prospective students and their families to the Moscow campus and introduced them to our engineering programs and opportunities. Our students even had the chance to sit around the table with the , to discuss the future of the transportation system.
Our students have also made great strides this semester.Graduate student Rory Lilley, for example, will travel to Washington D.C. in January to accept the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Center, TranLIVE (Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment)student of the year award. Rory has been an integral leader behind the success of our Vandal Racing SAE Formula Hybrid team. And Sophie Milam, the First Vandal on Mars, kind of, she was selected among hundreds of applicants to participate in a 273 day NASA HI-SEAS Mars seclusion mission in Hawaii. In fact, Sophie graduated commencement weekend while living in her 36-foot-diameter geodesic “dome” Mars-like habitat.
Back here on earth we also celebrated fall commencement in a dome, the Kibbie Dome. The College of Engineering graduated 100 undergraduate and graduate students this fall. We wish them all the best as they begin the next steps in their careers, whether that be in industry, the public sector, or academia.
Our development team has also been hard at work wrapping up the Inspiring Futurescampaign that ends this month. In all, friends and alumni of the College of Engineering have committed over $18 million to make a bold investment in the college’s future. Mechanical engineering alumni and former Boeing engineer, like , have made significant gifts that will help educate tomorrow’s engineering leaders and build on the college’s 100 plus year legacy.
Also, as many of you may know, we are faced with a unique opportunity this coming year 2015. We are looking to fill department chair positions in all of our departments. No, there has not been a mass exodus, it is one of those infrequent occurrences where, due to retirements and shifting responsibilities, we are faced with assembling an entirely new leadership team. It’s a very exciting time and I am looking forward to putting a new team in place and working with them to create the future vision for the college. If you would like to learn more about our chair searches or know someone who would be a good fit, feel free to share our chair searches video and information.
Most importantly, thank you to the entire Vandal engineering family for your continued efforts to make the College of Engineering an exceptional place to work and learn. I want to wish you all a happy holiday season.
Larry A. Stauffer
Dean, College of Engineering
from the College of Engineering and a preview of one of the fantastic interdisciplinary engineering designs that will be on display at this coming year's 22nd Annual Engineering Design EXPO this May 1, 2015. Happy holidays!
The College of Engineering is hiring department chairs in every department in 2015. This presents the college with the opportunity to create a new leadership team with a new vision while also providing prospective hires an environment where they truly can shape the future of the college.
, recently analyzed hundreds of online programs nationwide. The goal? To see which colleges have stand-out online master's degrees in one of twelve computer science and tech-related disciplines. Congratulations to our Computer Science Department and programs for delivering excellence in education.
Earlier this month senior capstone teams previewed many of the projects that will be featured in this year’s Engineering Design EXPO May 1, 2015. Our students have been working on: , , , and .
The College of Engineering congratulates mechanical engineering graduate student Rory Lilley for being selected the 2014 TranLIVE student of the year. TranLIVE or Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment is a university research consortium led by the University of Idaho focused on developing technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the transportation system. Lilley has been an instrumental leader, organizer and technical consultant to our championship Vandal Racing Formula Hybrid SAE race car team.
Former Boeing engineer Burt Berlin grew up on a homestead in southern Idaho and graduated in 1947 from the College of Engineering with a mechanical engineering degree. Burt was fortunate to have John Gauss and Jessie Buchanan as professors, which as he says, now have buildings named after them. Burt has been giving to the university for 25 years and recently established the with a $1 million planned gift.
On Dec. 16, Congress passed This is expected to be signed by President Obama. The Act extends the provisions of the IRA Charitable Rollover. Individuals who are over age 70 ½ are eligible to make a tax-free transfer of up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a qualified charity. If you are interested in making an IRA Charitable Rollover or year end gift to the College of Engineering please contact our development team as soon as possible, your gift must be received by December 31 to qualify. You can reach our development director at 111-111-6774.
The College of Engineering partners with corporations and industry in many ways. The Office of Corporate Relations is the front door to the University of Idaho for business and industry. To learn more about how you can use our expertise to reach your business goals click here.
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