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here have been many excitingdevelopments regarding aculty,acilities and nancial support in theCollege during recent months, and I’dlike to update you on the highlights.First, the new Materials ResearchBuilding — to be built north o Speedway and east o the Aerospaceand Mechanical Engineering Build-ing — is now in the planning stages.Tis location is ideal, as it is a physicalnexus between Engineering and UA’sHealth Sciences Center. We have some exciting preliminary drawings, and UA has commited $30million to the building. We’re now raising the additional $30 to $45 mil-lion required or the project.Te building will house researchersrom chemical engineering, environ-mental engineering, materials scienceand engineering, and biomedicalengineering related to materials.
Endowments fund faculty
Te Brown Family Foundation hasestablished a $1 million endowment tosupport recruitment o National MeritScholars, which has been incredibly successul. While engineering has about 10percent o the undergraduates in theuniversity, 40 percent o the NationalMerit Scholars on campus are engi-neers. Tis is evidence o our ability to attract the best and the brighteststudents, and the Brown endowmentis helping us do that.Tere also are exciting developmentsin Mining and Geological Engineering(MGE):• Phelps Dodge has endowed a$2.5 million proessorship, and we’rerecruiting a new aculty member orthat position.• Alum Jack Tompson and his wie, Linda, have established a $1million endowment that supports theTompson Family Proessor o MGE, who will teach the design/practicecourses in the curriculum.In Electrical and Computer Engi-neering (ECE):• We are very close to completingthe $1 million endowment or theOgelthorpe Chair, unded by Ray and Jean Oglethorpe.• Te International Foundationor elemetering has established a$500,000 distinguished proessorship.In Bioengineering:• We’re recruiting or the BrownChair in bioengineering, unded by the Brown Family Foundation.Tese endowments are allowing usto attract and retain the high-quality aculty who have been a cornerstone o this program or many years.
Faculty members honored
A number o our aculty membershave been recognized with local,national and international awards:• Proessor Farhang Shadman,o Chemical and EnvironmentalEngineering (ChEE), has been nameda Regent’s Proessor, the highestdistinction accorded by UA to aculty members on behal o Arizona.• wo aculty members have beennamed to the National Academy o Engineering, the highest honorbestowed on engineers in this country.Tey are Proessor Emeritus Kenneth Jackson, o Materials Science andEngineering, and Proessor Spenceritley, who holds a joint appointmentin Engineering and Geosciences.• Proessor Jim Shuttleworth, o Hydrology and Water Resources, hasreceived the International Hydrology Prize, sometimes reerred to as the“Nobel Prize or hydrological scienceand engineering.”• Te da Vinci Circle, the Engineer-ing College giving society, has selectedthree aculty as this year’s da VinciFellows: Anthony Muscat, o ChEE; Achintya Haldar, o Civil Engineer-ing and Engineering Mechanics; andCharles Higgins, o ECE.Each year, exceptional aculty are named to the da Vinci Fellowsprogram, based on their teaching orresearch achievements. Each receivesa one-time grant to support his or herresearch or teaching activity.Tese ellowships result rom thegenerosity o da Vinci Circle mem-bers. I am very grateul to this groupo individuals and companies, whosenancial support has opened up somany exciting possibilities in researchand teaching in the college.