Engineering Leaders, August 2013

This week, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s chief engineer Brain K. Muirhead, NM B ’77, spoke at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, NV. One of his most recent tasks was leading the Mars Pathfinder mission and he talked about innovation, keys to success, and taking risks. “You need to be creative in what you do and how you do it,” Muirhead said. “That is the essence of innovation.” Read the article from eWeek.com

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Howard University has named Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., P.E., DC A ’78, as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Science. Her appointment is effective August 1, 2013, as Howard begins a search for a permanent dean. Currently, Dr. Fleming is a professor of engineering and former chair of the civil engineering department. Read the media release

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As a follow-up to the recent announcement from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation committing a gift to the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering to launch a design innovation institute, Forbes magazine interviewed Paul E. Jacobs, Ph.D., CA A ’84. The Q&A with Jacobs, Qualcomm CEO, touches on engineering education, sustainability, and more.

Jacobs received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D., from UC Berkeley in electrical engineering. Currently, he is a chairman on the College of Engineering’s Dean Advisory Board. Part of Jacobs’ motivation for the gift comes from his desire to offer more to today’s engineering students, “It’s not enough to provide our future engineering leaders with technical skills. They must also learn how to work in interdisciplinary teams, how to iterate designs rapidly, how to manufacture sustainably, how to combine art and engineering, and how to address global markets.” Click here to read more

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