of Science & Engineering Alumni Newsletter
New Developments &
This year has seen a
number of new developments affecting the quality of our academic programs.
I would like to tell you about a few of them.
Last fall the faculty
and department chairs completed a five-year hiring plan for new faculty.
We expect to hire 46 new faculty members in the next five years, about
40% of the total faculty in the College. Because hiring new faculty is
a 30-year $1 million decision, we have tried hard to project those fields
which we think will be the most promising in the long term. We have also
tried to project areas on collaboration between these new faculty and others
in the College and beyond. We have now completed the first year of this
plan and have managed to bring an outstanding group of new scientists and
engineers to the College. Here is the list of new faculty members.
Assistant Professor of Geosciences, received his Ph.D. from the University
of Nevada, Reno, where he continued as a post-doctoral fellow in neotectonics.
As you can see from this
list we are hiring extremely well qualified faculty to help us move into
many exciting new areas of science and engineering. As a particularly interesting
new partnership with industry, Peter Rha will be working at SBC (formerly
PacBell) during his first year before joining us full-time on the campus
Lily Chen, Assistant
Professor of Biomedical Laboratory Science, earned her Ph.D. from SUNY,
Buffalo and is completing a post-doctoral appointment at the University
of Vermont in Molecular Parasitology.
Assistant Professor of Physics, took his Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr and is completing
a post-doctoral appointment at Princeton in Laser Optics.
Associate Professor of Engineering, returns to the faculty this fall from
industry. She earned her Ph.D. at UC, Berkeley in Environmental Engineering.
Newell (Toby) Garfield,
Assistant Professor of Geosciences and the Romberg Tiburon Center, received
his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island and has been on the faculty
at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in physical oceanography.
Assistant Professor of Biology, earned his Ph.D. from John Hopkins and
has been in a post-doctoral position at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, in reproductive physiology.
Assistant Professor of Engineering, took his Ph.D. at SUNY, Buffalo and
has also completed a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, in earthquake engineering.
Peter Rha, Associate
Professor of Engineering, received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah
and has been employed by Samsung Telecommunications America in wireless
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, took her Ph.D. at the University of
Waterloo and has most recently been involved in a research project funded
by the National Research Council analyzing radiation effects on atom bomb
survivors in Hiroshima. Her field is biostatistics.
Our enrollments continue
to be strong and the science and engineering student body is wonderfully
diverse. In fact the demographics of the College reflect those of the University
quite accurately. We have, through the efforts of many faculty but particularly
Frank Bayliss and Dan Buttlaire, acquired significant funding for scholarships
and stipends to help our students stay in school and complete their degrees.
Two of the most prestigious are four new Beckman scholarships from the
Beckman Foundation which provide more than $17,000 to each of four students
in biology, chemistry and biochemistry. These awards were given to only
20 universities nationwide, including MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley and Stanford,
so we are in good company. The other awards are 6 $5,000 scholarships
from the ARCS (Achievement Awards for College Scientists) Foundation. These
awards continue a history of ARCs awards to our students in Biology, Chemistry
and Biochemistry, and Physics and Astronomy.
As we move forward in
many new fields with a remarkable group of students and faculty, we hope
you will come by for a visit and see the progress.
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Updated by Lannie
Nguyen-Tang on August 3rd, 2000