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Message from the Dean (February 2005)

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

This issue of Enginews highlights two public events we are privileged to be able to host - a lecture and a master class by Dr. Alan Heeger, recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in Packard Lab Auditorium, Dr. Heeger will discuss "Risk and Innovation in Science," a topic that should never be far from our minds. Dr. Heeger's visit not only gives us the opportunity to listen to a world-renowned scientist but also the opportunity to watch him share his wisdom and experience with the next generation of scientists and engineers.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Dr. Heeger has generously agreed to review the research projects of nine students as part of the "Nobel Master Class on Research Strategy and Creativity." In this "master class," graduate as well as undergraduate students in computer science, industrial engineering, earth and environmental sciences, bioengineering, biochemistry, etc., will participate and present their research. I would encourage you to attend the master class, which will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 91 of the Rauch Business Center.

The master class is the brainchild of Prof. Don Rockwell, who is also the organizer for the Heeger lecture. We have plans to expand this idea to an "undergraduate research symposium" to be held in April and hopefully every year. This will be an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research outcomes in a professional setting. It is consistent with our goals of integrating graduate research with undergraduate education.


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 Tuesday, February 01, 2005

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