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Message from the Dean (May 2005)

Welcome to the May 2005 edition of Enginews, the monthly online newsletter of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Spring is the busiest time of the university calendar, so it is not surprising that this issue of Enginews contains many stories about the diverse accomplishments of our students and faculty. But it is the passing of Professor Emeritus Curtis Clump that I would like first to draw your attention to.

Curt's tenure at Lehigh spanned more than three decades. He was a professor of chemical engineering, chair of his department, and a recognized scholar in his field.

Curt also served the engineering college for 13 years as associate dean for undergraduate affairs. During his tenure, he served with two deans - John Karakash and Don Bolle.

Thirteen years is an unusually long tenure for an associate dean. Curt's long service in the position testifies to the devotion he had for students and for their academic development as well as their personal growth. Curt helped to form the tradition we have in the College in the way we help students to select their majors, to guide them in research projects, and to direct them on their start in life after Lehigh.

In this issue of Enginews, you will read that many Lehigh engineering students are quite accomplished, not only in engineering, but also in other fields. They are launching their own companies, serving as managers in the choir or the orchestra, starting up new club sports - the list is almost endless. I believe it is important to recognize that engineering education provides a strong foundation for both engineering and non-engineering careers. As our students and alumni have demonstrated over and again, this latter aspect will become an important facet of engineering education.

You will also read about our first annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, at which a dozen students gave thorough, professional presentations of their work. I personally witnessed all the presentations given at the symposium, and I am extremely impressed by the intellectual depth and the clarity of their talks. If this is any indication, we are off to a great start toward the promotion of undergraduate research.

When we hear about successes like this, I believe we are seeing the real fruits of the efforts by people like Curt Clump.

I hope you enjoy reading Enginews. As always, feel free to click on the icons and drop a line to Kurt Pfitzer with suggestions for improvement and with ideas for stories and photos.

Best wishes,
S. David Wu

Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005

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