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Dean’s Viewpoint: By Tom Peterson
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roessors in UA’s College o Engi-neering, like proessors across ourcampus, oten live vicariously throughthe successes o their students.Tis issue o
eatures many outstanding engineeringstudents and alumni whose accom-plishments make us very proud. We’re impressed by their drive andmotivation and their success atergraduation. And, ortunately or us,they remain both colleagues and lie-long riends.
Alums Gary Cropper and Mary Boice Moreton were recognized at the8th annual echnology and Manage-ment Awards Luncheon or theirsubstantial, lielong accomplishments(Page 10).Students and alums rom theChemical Engineering program alsoeature prominently in this issue. Alum Don Pettit, a NASA astro-naut, recently returned rom searchingor meteorites in Antarctica (Page 20.) Alum Wayne Seames and colleaguesat the University o North Dakota are“growing” jet uel (page 19). And, undergraduate Devin . Wiley (Page 8) was recently named a Laure-ate by the au Beta Pi engineeringhonor society.Other UA Engineering students arepursuing a wide variety o activities,including design o ornithopters (Page8), water-related research (Page 7)and even running rim-to-rim-to-rimthrough Grand Canyon (Page 15).Friends o UA Engineering areproviding generous nancial supportthat unds invaluable programs in thecollege. Many students benet romscholarships, acilities improvements,mentorship and support provided by these donors.In the last issue, I mentioned ourund-raising campaign or a new Materials Research Building. Friendso the College also are helping us makethat building a reality. I hope every one o you will join us in helping tocomplete this important project.
Our industry friends
Intel and exas Instruments areamong the many companies thatare providing enhanced educationalopportunities or our students.I recently announced its AnalogDesign Contest, which will award a$2,000 prize on Engineering DesignDay (Page 6), and Intel donated 25new computers or an important lab(Page 5).IBM, Raytheon, Honeywell and Iprovide vital support to the college inmany ways, and we were delighted tosee alums rom those companies turnout in record numbers or the 2006Engineers’ Breakast during Home-coming (Page 4).Nearly every research project inour college involves students. So theproject unding and collaborationprovided by industry not only leadsto important discoveries, but alsourthers our educational mission.
Professors leave a legacy
Oten, when our most success-ul students return to campus, they recount how certain proessorsprooundly inuenced their lives, andcontributed to their success. We recently lost two proessorsemeriti, Don White and Don Dudley, who mentored a great many studentsduring their long careers (Page 18). White ounded our Chemical Engi-neering Department and Dudley wasan internationally respected expert inthe eld o electromagnetics. While their passing saddened us all,their legacy will live on through theirstudents and the accomplishments o those students.Education was something that Pro-essors White and Dudley believed inand devoted their lives to. Teir work continues to be carried on by thosethey taught and inspired. While not all o us can help estab-lish a new department or become world-class researchers, we all canmake a diference in the lives o UA’sengineering students.It’s important work and I wouldencourage all our alumni to beinvolved in continuing the legacy letto us by these aculty members.It’s a privilege to make a real difer-ence in the lives o students and, inturn, the uture o our country.