of Science & Engineering Alumni Newsletter
In Memoriam: Dr. Paul Scholten
State of the College
New Faces and New Developments
By Daniel H. Buttlaire,
Interim Dean, College of Science and Engineering
many of you know, Dean James C. Kelley retired after providing twenty-six
years of visionary leadership to the College of Science and Engineering.
A search is currently underway to find a new Dean. The Dean Search Committee,
which includes faculty members from the various academic departments in
the College, has interviewed a few candidates. The new Dean may begin as
early as the Spring 2002 semester. I will continue to serve as Interim
Dean until the search process has concluded and a permanent Dean is appointed.
I am happy to report that the College remains healthy and is doing very
well during this transition period.
year we are pleased to welcome a very impressive group of new faculty to
the College. These new faculty members have outstanding scientific
backgrounds obtained at top universities. They bring new, important
scientific expertise to the College that will enrich our instructional
programs and provide new, significant research opportunities for our students.
The following are our new faculty members:
is currently in the process of searching for ten new faculty members who
will begin at SFSU in fall 2002. Student enrollment in classes offered
by the College in fall 2001was slightly higher than in the previous fall
semester. Science and Engineering faculty members were awarded grants totaling
about twenty-two million dollars during the 1999-2000 fiscal year.
Associate Professor of Physics,
earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Amsterdam and has been
on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis. His research
studies the properties and interactions of elementary atomic particles.
Eric Hsu, Assistant
Professor of Mathematics, obtained
his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and
has been an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.
His research is concerned with mathematics education.
Assistant Professor of' Chemistry
and Biochemistry, took his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been a Research Associate at Michigan
State University. His research focuses on developing new materials
and discovering new applications for materials.
Matthew J. La Force,
Assistant Professor of Geosciences,
earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science and Soil Chemistry from the University
of Idaho and has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in Geology at Stanford University.
His research interests are concerned with understanding the bio-geochemistry
of trace elements in soils and wetland ecosystems.
Ilmi Yoon, Assistant
Professor of Computer Science, earned
her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Southern California.
Her research relates to interactive media, Web3D, NonPhotorealistic Rendering,
Network Information Visualization, and 3D Avatar animation.
Department of Computer Science has merged with the School of Engineering,
which has been renamed as the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
This union offers promise of nurturing the development of a new degree
program in computer engineering. The Department of Geosciences has proposed
a new B.S. degree program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, which is
pending review and approval by the California Post-Secondary Education
centralized College of Science and Engineering Advising Center has been
established. Professor Norman Owen has been appointed director. Student
advising provided by the Advising Center complements departmental academic
advising, which focuses on advising in the major. The College Advising
Center provides advising in the following areas: new students who have
not yet declared a major, science majors who desire to change their major
and university requirements outside the major, such as general education
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