From the Dean

Starting in 2012, the State of Washington made targeted investments in the Voiland College with the expectation that there would be increases in the number of BS, MS, and PhD engineering and computer science graduates.

Funding provided under HB 2127 and SB 5034 brought with it expectations of an increase in degree production of 190 and 104 degrees for undergrad and graduate students, respectively. WSU’s 2007-2011 baseline was 543 degrees (411 undergraduate and 132 graduate). In the 2016-2017 academic year, WSU produced a total of 910 degrees (746 undergraduate and 164 graduate [111 Master’s and 53 Ph.D.]) in engineering and computer science.

Thus, 73 graduates were produced above the target associated with the additional funding.

ESSB 6052 provided additional funding to WSU for creation of an Electrical Engineering program in Bremerton and Software Engineering and Data Analytics in Everett. The late enactment date of the budget (6/30/2015) prohibited WSU from enrolling students in these programs in AY 2015-16. Further, a change in policy by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the agency that accredits Washington State University, forbade us from advertising or announcing these new degree programs until the summer of 2016. While enrollments for fall 2017 are relatively modest, the growth in these programs is consistent with trends that have been experienced with the prior creation of new programs.

The expansion funds were used to hire faculty, obtain lab equipment, and secure a space in which the electrical engineering program in Bremerton will be delivered. These investments have realized dividends in terms of newly trained engineers and computer scientists joining the Washington work force AND enabling Voiland College to strengthen our core programs and expand into new ones.

These goals would not have been realized without the day-to-day support of the entire Voiland College family. Thank you for your contributions, they have made a difference in the lives of many new engineers and computer scientists.

Go Cougs!

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Mary Rezac, Dean
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Safety Tip of the Week

Smoke / Poor Air Quality
Numerous fires have resulted in several air quality alerts to the Pullman campus since the start of the semester. Voiland College would like you to be aware of Facilities Services process when air quality deteriorates. WSU would also like your assistance in helping prepare the buildings for such events.

During poor air quality events:
When an air quality event occurs Facilities Services moves as many building Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems into re-circulation mode as possible.

For some buildings, such as lab buildings however, WSU is required to have 100% outside air brought in; re-circulation is not an option.  For these buildings the air is typically filtered through the building’s filtration system and filters are changed at a higher frequency during poor air quality to lessen effects on building occupants.

WSU requests your assistance:
Please secure the windows in your offices and labs to limit the amount of outside air coming in (and bringing smoke with it).

In labs with fume hoods, when the hoods are not in use, please pull the sashes down so they ramp down on the amount of air they are pulling into the building.  All hoods are equipped with filters, so air quality in the hoods will not be the issue, but it helps to limit the overall amount of outside air to a minimum and reduces the number of hood system filters that need to be changed.

For more information:
You can monitor the smoke plume modeling, courtesy of our own Lab for Atmospheric Research:

It is advised that outside air exposure is minimized when poor air quality events occur. SPPM 6.56.

Voiland College in the News

The Engineer
Wood waste to reduce cost of carbon fibre

Kitsap Daily News
OC, WSU power up new electrical engineering building

Daily Evergreen
Design students recommend businesses use social media to connect with Cougs

The Conversation
Biofuel breakthroughs bring ‘negative emissions’ a step closer

Moscow Pullman Daily News
WSU researchers develop human-like algorithms to map brain neurons

More Voiland College News


An interprofessional team of WSU scientists, including Diane Cook, the Huie-Rogers chair professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, has landed a $1.77 million grant to research how “smart-home” technology can monitor the health and safety of senior citizens from afar.

MME Professor Jacob Leachman’s first book was just published by Springer: “Thermodynamics Properties of Cryogenic Fluids” 2nd Edition.

Prostate cancer research by Parissa Ziaei, a Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary materials science and engineering program, was featured by ASME.

The Daily Evergreen featured an interview with civil engineering master’s student Anna VanderMeer.

Junior mechanical engineering majors Arturo Orta and Laily Santacruz were featured in a story in WSU News.

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Sept 5VCEA Safety Training2:30 PMETRL 101
Sept 6Career Fair Prep #2- Workshop:

Resume Boot Camp
4:10 PMSloan 169
Sept 6Undergraduate Research Information Session5:10 PMBustad 145
Sept 7Career Fair Prep #2- Workshop: Resume Boot Camp4:10 PMSloan 150
Sept 7MME Seminar Series
“Multiscale Material Modeling and Simulation of the Mechanical Behavior of the Dual Phase Steels: Parametric Study and Microstructure Optimization” w/Tarek Belgasam, PhD candidate
11 AMETRL 101
Sept 7Partnering & Pitches @WSU – Find the Resource to Take your #Passion2Impact5:30 PMDigital Classroom Bldg Rm 45
Sept 7NSF EFRI Informational Webinar1 PM ESTonline
Sept 8SDC Summer Series Symposium & Gallery Exhibit

4-6 PMCarpenter 102
Sept 11Career Fair Prep #3
Workshop: Career Fair Introductions and Informational Interviews

4:10 PMSloan 169
Sept 11ChEBE Graduate Seminar Series
“Ironies in Microbial Electrochemistry” w/ guest speaker Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Arizona State University
4:10 PMADBF 1002
Sept 12VCEA Internship Panel with Google, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory, Student Interns5:30 PMStephenson Hall Lounge
Sept 13Cleantech Alliance Breakfast Series – WSU Pullman Satellite Location!7:30 AMDigital Classroom Building (Spark) – room 233
Sept 13VCEA Town Hall w/WSU President Kirk Schulz and Provost Dan Bernardo12 PMETRL 101
Sept 13Boeing Intern Information Session5 PMTodd 121
Sept 14Dean’s Voiland College Office Hours3-4 PMCarpenter 526
Sept 14MME Seminar Series
“Microstructural and Morphological Factors Affecting Small-Scale Mechanical Properties” w/ Michael Maughan, Clinical Faculty Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
11 AMETRL 101
Sept 15Dean Rezac Visits the Tri-Cities Campus and SEASAll day

More Voiland College Events

Research Opportunities

Requests for Proposals, Research Announcements, and Events

Sept 15: NSF Program Director Visits WSU

Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships has the pleasure to host Dr. William (Bill) J. Cooper, NSF Program Director, on Friday, September 15.
National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program - Notify the Office of Research by September 12

The NSF MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. This is a limited submission with notifications due to OR by 5 p.m. on September 12, 2017.

Invited, full proposals are due in January.
Call for Presenters : Matchmaking for Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Tuesday, October 10, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, October 11, 10:30am-12:30pm

As part of the upcoming Research Week, the Office or Research will host two fast paced faculty-led interdisciplinary collaboration experiences. Our goal is to provide faculty the opportunity to foster valuable interdisciplinary partnerships, highlight their research, and inspire unique and innovative broader impacts across the university. We invite all faculty interested in this opportunity to come meet, mingle, and share their work.

Deadline: Thursday, September 7, 2017.

For questions, please contact Becky James (, 5-3822) or Maureen Bonnefin (, 5-0904) in the Office of Research Advancement
and Partnerships.
WSU Research Week, October 9 - 13, various locations

The Office of Research is sponsoring daily events to promote and strengthen WSU research.  Full details in the link above.
NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter
The third issue of the National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policy newsletter is now available on the NSF Policy Office website. Topics include proposed significant changes to the PAPPG, the two-month rule for faculty salary, and new information about the Collaborators and Other Affiliations spreadsheet.
National Institutes of Health Offers New Tutorials on Preparing and Submitting Your Grant Application

New to the NIH grant process? Ever wish someone would explain and walk you through applying for NIH grants step by step? If so, this NIH resource will be the next best thing to joining you for an in-person lesson.
ORAP Grant Writing Course – Starts 9/20ORAP09/10/2017
NSF Scholarships in S-STEMNSF09/12/2017
Engineering for Natural HazardsNSF09/15/2017
ARPA-E Announces New Funding Opportunity for High-Efficiency Distributed Generation SystemsDOE, ARPA-E9/11/2017
FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance ProgramDOEUp to 9/30/2017
Global Faculty Research AwardsGoogle09/30/2017
Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications (R01)NIH10/04/17
NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)NIH10/16/2017
ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grantsACS10/25/2017
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability ChallengesNSF10/20/2017
Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program (WSU Limited Submission)NSF10/25/2017
Science & Technology Policy FellowshipsAAAS11/01/2017
Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)NSF11/1/2017
The Keck Foundation Research ProgramW.M. Keck Foundation11/1/2017
The Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education ProgramW.M. Keck Foundation11/1/2017
CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)NSF11/2/2017 (preproposal); 1/11/ 2018 (encouraged full proposals)
Japan-US Network Opportunity 2 (JUNO2) R&D for Trustworthy Networking for Smart and Connected CommunitiesNSF11/30/2017
Process SeparationsNSFanytime
Dear Colleague Letter: Removal of Deadlines for the Combustion and Fire Systems Program in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems in the Directorate for EngineeringNSFn/a
Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Designs for Advanced Modular Nuclear ReactorsDOEn/a
VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty SchemeVAJRAanytime

For Students and Postdocs

Global Faculty Research AwardsGoogle09/30/2017
Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramNSF10/24/17
American Fellowships Dissertation FellowshipsAAUW11/15/2017
American Fellowships Postdoctoral Research Leave FellowshipsAAUW11/15/2017
Doris Duke Fellowship ProgramThe Doris Duke Charitable Foundation12/1/2017
Career Development GrantsAAUW12/15/2017

WSU Student Research Opportunities and Internships

WSU offers a number of opportunities available to undergraduate students who wish to gain experiences working in their field of interest. Visit for announcements about job openings and internships at WSU.

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