In the News, August 2014

Deji B. Badiru, Ph.D., P.E., has been named the 2015 National Public Service Award winner as selected by the U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Dr. Badiru, TN G ’79, is currently the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Dean, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, engineering professor, and head of systems and engineering management.

The award is given “to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions and whose accomplishments can be viewed as models of public service within and outside the work environment. Under Dr. Badiru’s leadership, the Graduate School implemented a strategic focus on research and academic programs that effected significant improvements in program performance, visibility and engagement, and faculty and student recognition that led to major advancements in addressing critical Air Force and Department of Defense needs.”

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Last week at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Huntsville, AL), four young rocket engineers were part of a panel discussion that included the state of the space industry, the best career advice they had ever received, and much more. Sharon D. Cobb, Ph.D. (AL G ’87), was on the panel and spoke about the Marshall Space Flight Center. “For us specifically at the Marshall Space Flight Center, we have a portfolio that allows us to work on a number of different projects. So as a young engineer, you have an opportunity to get hands-on experience in a number of different fields.” Dr. Cobb is an assistant program manager for the Space Launch System program at NASA. Click here for the article with more information on the panel discussion

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A recent news article from George Mason University highlighted the Volgenau School of Engineering’s upcoming addition of a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. The degree will be offered beginning in January 2015 and the program’s director Oscar Barton Jr., Ph.D. (DC A ’84), said that “the new program is designed to provide graduates with the technical skills and competencies to analyze and design both mechanical and thermal systems, and to gain an in-depth experience in one of these two areas.”

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