Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Faculty and Staff

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:

http://vcea.wsu.edu/faculty-staff/strategic-plan/

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 …

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 …