From the Dean


Yesterday was the first day I’d seen that since my move to Pullman in June. I’m appreciating the cooler temperatures and the chance to wear sweaters. I’ve also appreciated the chance to reflect on how much I’ve seen in the past few months. Since I joined Voiland College I’ve meet with faculty from every unit in the college and every college. I’ve visited the campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Everett, and Vancouver (and am looking forward to more visits to those campuses and Bremerton in the coming weeks). I’ve also had the chance to meet with many companies in the state that hire Voiland graduates and educational partners.

I’ll share a partial list so that you’ll get a sense of what I’ve been up to on your behalf.

  • Amazon
  • Aviation Technical Services
  • Boeing
  • DoE – Office of River Protection
  • Everett Community College
  • Google
  • Greenpoint Technologies
  • Hobart Machined Products
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Orion
  • PNNL
  • SEL, Inc.
  • Sound Transit
  • Spectralux
  • Starbucks
  • Tableau
  • T-Mobile
  • UW – College of Engineering
  • UW – Bothell
  • Vulcan
  • WATR Center

I’m learning a great deal about the strengths and limitations of our graduates and how we might modify our programs and support systems to enable their success…more on that later. For now, I’d invite you to send recommendations on companies or groups with whom you’d like to see a stronger connection. I’ll do what I can to encourage it.

Go Cougs!

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

Voiland College in the News

Spokesman Review
Cassini Spacecraft’s long tour comes to an end

Daily Evergreen
Engineering students plan to redesign Highway 26

Microgrid Knowledge
DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity

More Voiland College News


An interview with Sandi Brabb, director of Voiland College’s Professional Practice and Experiential Learning, is featured on Voiland College’s home page.

Several students across our college are recipients of Carson and Auvil awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education.

An episode of the Animal Planet TV series “Treehouse Masters” featured an interview with Voiland College’s Dan Dolan and demonstrated structural testing in the PACCAR Building’s Simpson Strong-Tie Lab.

Professors Changki Mo at WSU Tri-Cities and Charles Pezeshki and Jacob Leachman at WSU Pullman, along with Gordon Gavric, a senior in engineering and president of the WSU Tri-Cities Robotics Club, were featured in a story about the work they and others from Voiland College did on The Huminal, an interactive, kinetic sculptural installation featuring an autonomous, mobile robot that senses and responds to changes in its environment.

Steve Saunders was recognized during Saturday’s football game as one of Provost’s Featured Faculty Members.

The Aug. 24 celebration of WSU-OC Bremerton’s new electrical engineering building was a huge success! Photos have been posted on our Facebook page.

For Your Information

SSC Campaign
Faculty should keep an eye out for a memo from WSU’s Athletics Department seeking faculty support for their “SSC Campus” program. Student athletes have provided written authorization for the release of their academic performance information, which helps WSU monitor and support student-athletes.

Safety Tip of the Week

Blue Light Special
If you are on campus and ever find yourself needing immediate help, just look for a blue light. WSU has more than 30 emergency blue light phones installed around campus. Pressing the emergency phone button will connect you to an operator at the Whitcom 911 Communications Center.

A police officer responds to every call.

When walking around campus, be aware of the blue light buttons so that you will be able to find one quickly in an emergency situation. For a full map of the blue lights on campus, please visit

For more safety information, contact Environmental Health and Safety at

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Sep 19Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Seminar Series: “Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis” with special guest speaker Dr. Jingguang Chen, President of the North American Catalysis Society4:00 PMCUE 203
Sept 19-20Walt Disney at WSU: The Magic Behind Disney. Student opportunities to learn about careers with The Disney Company.VariousVarious
Sept 20Ribbon Cutting – Alexandra Navrotsky Institute for Experimental Thermodynamics2 PMWegner Hall
Sept 20Career Fair Prep #4: Networking/Social Media workshop4:10 PMSloan 169
Sept 21Career Fair Prep #4: Networking/Social Media workshop4:10Sloan 169
Sept 25Lecture by Dr. Steven Boxer, Stanford University, “Electric Fields and Enzyme Catalysis”4:10 PMADBF1002/ Floyd 256
Sept 27Dell Day at WSUVariousSpark

More Voiland College Events

Research Opportunities

Requests for Proposals, Research Announcements, and Events

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.
NSF Grant Conference November 13-14, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Inspector General will participate in the two-day conference.

The conference is designed for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.
2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference March 25-27, 2018Abstracts Due: October 30
Global Faculty Research AwardsGoogle09/30/2017
Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications (R01)NIH10/04/2017
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


For Students and Postdocs

Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramNSF10/24/2017
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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