Engineering Leaders, May 2013

The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia has announced that Dr. Donald J. Leo, IL A ’90, has been named the new dean of engineering. His appointment is effective beginning July 1. Currently, he is professor of engineering and vice president & executive director in the National Capital Region at Virginia Tech.

The University of Georgia College of Engineering was created in 2012. There has been only one other dean of engineering. Read the news article

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In a recent press release, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) profiled Sheila J. Hayter (KS G ’90), senior engineer and group manager at NREL. Hayter has worked at NREL for 21 years, currently chairs the planning committee of ASHRAE, and has published 50 documents.

Her career focus is energy-efficient buildings. “Now, when I speak to a group of engineers, they generally want to do the right thing; they think sustainability is great,” Hayter said. “But in a lot of states, they still run into so many barriers. There are a lot of states with no renewable energy portfolio standards, no state or local incentives at all that can help pay for efficiency in buildings.

“These engineers want to design and build efficient buildings, but they don’t have a chance to do it. I talk to them about net-zero buildings, but the environment is just not conducive to applying those concepts,” she said.

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Dr. John P. Zarling, MI B ’65, recently received a Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Currently, Dr. Zarling is owner and consultant of Zarling Aero and Engineering where he works “to solve the puzzles of heat transfer and other Alaska engineering challenges.” Read the news update from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

“He joined the UAF mechanical engineering faculty in 1976 and retired as a professor emeritus 23 years later, but he has continued to teach Arctic engineering courses every fall and spring to new generations of students.” Since 2000, he has been an advisor to the Alaska Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

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