Engineering FYI: Past, Present & Future

In March of this year, Elmer L. Gaden Jr. passed away at the age of 88. Dr. Gaden, NY Alpha ’44, received the fifth Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize in 2009 “for pioneering the engineering and commercialization of biological systems for large-scale manufacturing of antibiotics and other drugs.”

He wrote his doctoral dissertation “on the process of producing penicillin” which led him to his future research and design. He received his degrees from Columbia University in chemical engineering. Read the obituary from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

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The University of Georgia recently announced the selection of Dr. Alan T. Dorsey, NY D ’82, as the dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. His appointment is effective July 1 of this year.

Previously, Dr. Dorsey has been the associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics and professor of physics in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Cornell University. Click here for the news announcement

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Reports from The Augusta Chronicle detail an investment by the U.S. Energy Department “in new scholarship and programs designed to broaden the nation’s nuclear workforce and stimulate energy research.” The announcement came this week from Energy Secretary Steven Chu that 143 fellowships and research and development grants were going to 46 colleges and universities.

The article focuses on the nine awards going to the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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