Leaders in Engineering: Present, Past, & Future

The University of California San Diego has named Albert P. Pisano, Ph.D. (NY A ’76), as the new Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering. Currently, Dr. Pisano is an engineering professor and Director of the UC Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His appointment will begin September 1, 2013.

In 2001, Pisano was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Pisano plans to continue his research at UC San Diego, which includes work on a “rugged sensor system that will predict landslides in the Philippines.” Read the news article

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Earlier this month, former chairman and president of the U.S. Sugar Corp. passed away. John B. Boy, GA A ’38, was 96. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He served in WWII as a Captain of three different ships. After the war, he began working for the United States Sugar Corporation in 1946.

“Through his engineering ingenuity, he improved the efficiency and productivity of sugar cane harvesting by converting/redesigning track mounted tractors to rubber tires which was combined with his successful redesign of sugar cane loading machines.” In 1970, Day was promoted to President & CEO of the U.S. Sugar Corp., a position he held until his retirement in 1987. Click here to read the obituary from the Southwest Florida Online news

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The UVA Today recently reported on a 16-member undergraduate team of engineering students from the University of Virginia that won the Federal Aviation Administration’s Electric/Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Technology Challenge. The team’s design, “The Sustinere: A Turboelectric Distributed Propulsion Regional Jet for 2025,” tied for first place with a team of graduated students from Georgia Tech. For more information, read the article

Christopher B. Reuter, VA A 2013, was a member of the UVA team. The team’s mentor was UVA professor James C. McDaniel Jr., Ph.D. (VA A ’71). Dr. McDaniel pointed out that “The most innovative part of their design was the propulsion system, which used turboelectric generators under the wings, with cryogenically cooled electric transmission lines, to banks of thrust-producing fans mounted on the aft of the fuselage.”

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