Happy New Year! I hope you enjoy this edition of our Voiland College newsletter, which features some of our recent research and student accomplishments. I’m excited to report that our programs and research enterprises are growing, and we are working harder than ever to solve critical 21st century challenges and to meet the high demand for engineers and computer scientists.
Over the past five years, Voiland College enrollment has grown by about 20 percent to a record of more than 5,000 undergraduates and 800 graduate students enrolled at six campuses across the state. Our computer science program has doubled in size over the past five years as we work to meet dramatic need for programmers and developers in Washington, a center of high-tech growth, and beyond. Last year the college conferred more than 1100 degrees. Our students have the chance to get real-world experience, participating in undergraduate research, internships, active student clubs, and entrepreneurship. In the past year, our students have received a Marshall and two Goldwater Scholarships.
Meanwhile, we saw continued growth in our research expenditures to a record $33 million in 2019. Our researchers are conducting transformational research, ranging from improving deicers for wintertime driving to leading artificial intelligence innovations and developing possible new, targeted cancer treatments. Recent honors for our faculty include being named to the National Academy of Inventors, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and an IEEE faculty fellow. We’re especially proud of several of our young faculty who have recently received several National Science Foundation CAREER awards.
Please visit our website to learn more about our latest accomplishments or stop by if you’re ever in Pullman.
Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163