From the Dean

With the start of the academic year comes both excitement and potential challenges for our students. A 2017 report by Elements of Behavioral Health recognized that college has always been a pressure-packed environment but it seems students are feeling more emotionally and psychologically overburdened than ever before.

Campus anxiety statistics verify an increase in student anxiety in recent years, and mental health experts have offered a number of potential explanations for the current numbers and the increase in anxiety they reveal. Possible reasons for the anxiety outbreak include:

  • Changes in academic standards (as compared to high school) that emphasize performance on frequent high-pressure tests.
  • Concerns about the sagging economy and poor future job prospects.
  • Financial pressures caused by student/family debt and the skyrocketing costs of a university education.
  • Extensive involvement in the often stressful and bully-enabling social media environment.
  • Higher rates of depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions among young people.

If you’re aware of a student suffering from anxiety or related stress, please do what you can to ensure that they are aware of the resources provided by WSU to help them.

A list of potential challenges that you might face as a faculty or staff member, and the WSU resources available to help resolve those challenges is available at the link below. I encourage you to print a copy, keep it handy, and use it when and if the time comes. Of course, the faculty and staff of Voiland College’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education are always available to help at 509-355-0348.

Go Cougs!

Dean Mary Rezac's signature
Mary Rezac, Dean
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Upcoming Seminars and Events

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 15Lecture by Dr. Feng-Shou Xiao, Zhejiang University, China, “Synthesis of Zeolite Catalysts for Requirements of Industrial Applications”12-1 PMWegner G70C
Sept 15Dean Rezac Visits the Tri-Cities Campus and SEASAll dayVarious
Sept 19-20Walt Disney at WSU: The Magic Behind Disney
Student opportunities to learn about careers with The Disney Company
Sept 20Career Fair Prep #4
Workshop: Networking/Social Media
4:10 PMSloan 169

More Voiland College Events

Voiland College in the News

Windpower Monthly
Keeping Hackers at Bay

Daily Evergreen
WSU students use art to show water pollution

More Voiland College News


Ali Mehrizi-Sani, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the prestigious Mac E. Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Education Society.

Freshman Zane Young was feature as GeekWire Magazine’s “Geek of the Week.”

Engineering student Trevor Alkire, the new chairman of the ASWSU’s Environmental Sustainability Alliance, was featured in a story in the Daily Evergreen.

Safety Tip of the Week

School Zones
As the school year begins, it is important to keep a look out for school zone signals. Always obey the speed limits. Be aware of and watch out for students near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, and in school parking lots.

For more safety information, contact Environmental Health and Safety at

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.
WSU Office of Research Training Events

Pivot Training
September 20th @ 10:30am in Lighty 280
September 21st @ 3:00pm in Lighty 280
Learn the ins and outs of searching for funding opportunities specific to your area of research. Set up notifications, track funding opportunities, and share opportunities with your coworkers.

Life Cycle of a Grant
September 27th @ 1:30pm in Lighty 280
September 28th @ 10:30am in Lighty 280
What are the processes for submitting a grant proposal at WSU? What happens once it gets funded? We will cover these topics, plus tips for making the process flow smoothly and common issues that arise during these processes.
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.
Global Faculty Research Awards
Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications (R01)
NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges
Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program (WSU Limited Submission)NSF10/25/2017
Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)
The Keck Foundation Research Program
W.M. Keck Foundation
The Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program

W.M. Keck Foundation
CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
11/2/2017 (preproposal); 1/11/ 2018 (encouraged full proposals)
Japan-US Network Opportunity 2 (JUNO2) R&D for Trustworthy Networking for Smart and Connected Communities

For Students and Postdocs

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
American Fellowships Dissertation Fellowships

American Fellowships Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
Doris Duke Fellowship Program
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Career Development Grants

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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