Engineers in Academia, July 2013

John M. Wiencek, Ph.D. (OH B ’84), has accepted the position as senior vice provost for administration and strategic initiatives at Virginia Commonwealth University, beginning in August. Dr. Wiencek has spent the past six years as the dean of the University of South Florida College of Engineering. The USF Provost described Dr. Wiencek as “an experienced, innovative, and results-driven educator who has burnished the college’s reputation for research…” Read the news release for more information


CBS Detroit is reporting that Wayne State University’s College of Engineering professor Yinlun Huang, Ph.D. (MI E ’82), has received the 2013 National Association for Surface Furnishing’s (NASF) Scientific Achievement Award. The award is given annually to “an individual who greatly contributes to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raises the quality of processes and products; and has enhanced the dignity and status of the profession.” Read the article for more information


The University of Wyoming College of Engineering has announced that David E. Walrath, Ph.D., P.E., has been awarded the 2013 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Dr. Walrath, WY A ’74, has been a member of the UW mechanical engineering department for almost 29 years. This is his second Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, his first was in 2003.

“His specific areas of expertise include composite materials manufacturing research and development, prototype design, process development, and materials characterization.” He has also “been involved in helping Wyoming entrepreneurs and small businesses solve technical problems related to product development or improvement.” Click here to read more



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