The Dean's Message
Engineers make things work, and then we make them work better. For some, planning the strategy is the most intriguing phase. For others, the real fun is in the doing that follows the planning.
As dean of this exceptional college, I enjoy all of it. And for the past year, it has been exhilarating to make our plans and take the initial steps toward the college's coming years of strategic growth. The planning has been especially thrilling because it has envisioned and enabled marvelous possibilities.
We continue to lay groundwork for growth that will serve many more students and educate many more engineers — engineers who will help meet the national goal to increase engineering graduates by 10,000 a year during the coming decade. The centerpiece of our ambitious growth is adding more than 100 world-class faculty members who will lead in engineering education innovation, collaborate in groundbreaking research, and expand the delivery of inventions to the marketplace. This strategic growth initiative, which I invite you to read about in this edition of Imprints, and follow during the coming five years, is indeed enabling marvelous possibilities.
We hope you like the new look of Imprints. While the look has changed, what you are accustomed to reading here has not. As always, Imprints brings you the past year's stories about your uncommon generosity, your love for your alma mater, and your great care for the student engineers who are following in your footsteps. And this year, we are delighted to introduce the college’s new director of advancement, Tyson Pinion.
In this edition, our stories, like Mary Ann Zimmerman's decades-long devotion to women engineers, Jim Tompkins' cultivation of inspired leaders who embrace change, and the Dayanandas', LeSesnes', Millers', Overmans' and the Novick family's devotion to enhancing engineering education, among others, highlight the altruism that makes all of our planning possible.
Without their dedication and yours, there would be a limit to our marvelous possibilities. With it, there is no limit.
Leah H. Jamieson
The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering/
Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering