Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Faculty and Staff

VCEA Updates

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, and students who were honored at this year’s convocation, which was held earlier this month at the Lewis Alumni Centre. It’s always a joyful event as we annually celebrate the truly outstanding work that you all do. » More …

Candlelight Walk Tonight in Memory of Dina Williamson

Dear Colleagues,

We’re saddened to share the news that Dina Williamson, one of our architecture graduate students, died tragically in a car accident over the past weekend. Our hearts are with her family as well as with her friends and colleagues in the School of Design and Construction as they struggle with the tragic loss of a young woman who had such a bright future. Dina was part of our close-knit, supportive community in the School of Design and Construction and the Voiland College, and such a tragedy is felt by all of us. » More …

Sad News

Dear Colleagues,

We are very sad to share the recent news that Jon Grimes passed away. Jon was a longtime employee in the Voiland College shops, and served as the engineering technician supervisor. Over the years, he and his wife, Charlena, who was senior academic coordinator in the college, were generous supporters of WSU and of students in our college. They were especially known for their loving care of students. He and Char willingly helped any student who came through their doors. Occasionally, they even opened their home when students’ lives became overwhelming. » More …

Draft Strategic Plan is now on VCEA website

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you know, we’ve been working for some time on updating the Voiland College strategic plan. I’ve met with all faculty members in Pullman through your departmental or school faculty meetings, and will be meeting those of you in Vancouver and in Tri-Cities over the next few weeks. I am very pleased to let you know that we have now posted the draft plan for your review and comments at the link below:


For all the faculty and staff – I know you are busy but I hope you will take some time to go through the strategic plan and offer suggestions. » More …

New Years Resolutions

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! I hope your break was restful and enjoyable, and that you had plenty of good quality time with your family. It’s a new year, yesterday was the first day of class for the Spring 2015 semester, and there is opportunity for new resolutions.

I wanted to give you a preview of some of our resolutions – and what to expect in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture this semester. As you know, last semester the University rolled out its refreshed Strategic Plan for 2014-2019 (which can be found online at http://strategicplan.wsu.edu/). The plan outlines four themes consistent with previous University plans. Two of these themes are articulated as the University’s two central foci: (1) accelerating the development of a preeminent research portfolio (“Theme 1: Exceptional Research, Innovation, and Creativity”); and (2) transformative educational experience to undergraduate and graduate students (“Theme 2: Transformative Student Experience”). » More …

Gratitude and Generosity

Dear Colleagues,

As the semester winds down, commencement is done, and the holiday season begins in earnest, it is a good time for reflection. We have had a very eventful year, with the naming of the Voiland College, skyrocketing enrollments, record research and scholarly activity, the addition of numerous new faculty and staff, multiple lab and studio renovations, and construction of our first building in 20 years. It’s been a great year, and now we have a moment to take a break before it all starts again. » More …