Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Faculty and Staff

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 …

Academy News: 2014 NAI Fellows Announced – one of our own!

Dear Colleagues,

We have received notification that Amit Bandyopadhyay, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)! Congratulations, Amit!!

NAI Fellow status recognizes academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers. Below my signature is the announcement from the NAI – you can see the outstanding company that Amit joins. » More …

On Balancing Faculty Responsibilities

Dear Colleagues,

I hope your semester is going well. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

Over the past several months, the Voiland College leadership team has been working on a faculty responsibilities document intended to provide some guidelines for balancing research, teaching and service activities. A fairly large subset (~25%) of the tenured faculty has extensively reviewed the draft document and offered many edits, comments, and suggestions. The document was then extensively revised to address their comments and include most of their edits. We are now providing you a link to the document (still in draft form), for your additional comments or suggestions: http://bit.ly/1uSPnzx
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VCEA Hiring Plans

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that we have received authorization to move forward with our hiring plans for this year. I thought you might be interested to know that we hired 18 tenure-track faculty members as a result of our searches last year. So if it seemed like last year was exceptionally busy, there was a very good reason for that!

It also promises to be another busy year this year, as we search for an additional 28 tenure-track faculty across our college and locations. » More …

Welcome Back!

Dear Colleagues,

Can you believe it? Today is the first day of fall classes! I hope you have had a restful summer and are gearing up for what promises to be a very busy and exciting academic year. A hearty welcome to our new faculty and staff! » More …

Strategic Planning Next Steps

Dear Colleagues,

As you know from my previous email sent last month (3/28/2014), we are in the midst of the next strategic planning process in the college. The university is in the process of finalizing its next strategic plan, and that final copy will be available soon. Now it’s time for us to reflect on how we “map” to the university plan, and how we are going to get there. » More …

On Students, Searches and Strategic Plan

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to start by telling you all, “Thank You!”

I know this has been one of our busiest years in a very long time. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all your efforts through this challenging year of growth, even while you have continued your daily work of research, scholarship, outreach, and helping our students succeed. » More …

Associate Dean Transition

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that John Schneider, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has accepted the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Student Services in CEA, effective January 1, 2014. » More …