Campus News, March 2013

The University of Washington has announced the selection of Dr. Michael B. Bragg, IL A ’76, as dean of the University of Washington College of Engineering, beginning in July. Currently, Dr. Bragg is interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.

He is an aeronautical engineer with a focus on aircraft icing and has previously held several leadership positions at the University of Illinois. Read the news announcement

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Dr. Christopher D. Depcik, FL A ’97, is the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education award given by the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education. Dr. Depcik is an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Kansas. He started the EcoHawks program in 2008 at KU and he also hosts a summer engineering camp focused on biofuels for high school students. Click here for the article from the Lawrence Journal-World

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In a recent article from The Tennessean, Vanderbilt University’s efforts “to make a more organized effort to not only take more of the research and ideas spawned in labs and classrooms to the marketplace, but to make technological innovation and entrepreneurship a more prominent part of the university’s ethos,” are detailed. Philippe Fauchet, Ph.D., is the dean of the School of Engineering and is leading the charge to commercialize the innovations being developed on campus.

There are plans to build an interdisciplinary research building for the engineering and medical schools, which would also contain an innovation center. In addition, Vanderbilt “faculty have created courses that connect students with local companies or allow them to pursue their own ventures, and students have created new entrepreneurship and technology-related clubs and competitions.”

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