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By the time you read this we will haveselected an architect for the newEngineering Innovation Building, and DesignDay 2012 will have been a great success.The Engineering Innovation Building willanchor a complex of engineering buildingsnorth of Speedway Boulevard and will createa new sense of identity for the College. Weare designing research and development
Swelling intellectual capital plus bricks and mortar investment equal exciting times ahead
labs that will enable the College to moveforward on key engineering challenges,including biomedical systems and devices,computational and experimental materialsengineering, and defense systems. We arealso planning a workshop for student clubsand design projects, and the University isconsidering adding classrooms. It will bea tremendous project for the College overthe next few years, so please stay tunedfor updates!New facilities are exciting, but strong facultyand students are essential. Paul Blowers ofthe chemical and environmental engineeringdepartment was named a UniversityDistinguished Professor, and Jesse Littleand Ricardo Sanfelice, assistant professorsin aerospace and mechanical engineering,both received research awards under theYoung Investigator Program of the Air Force
Ofce of Scientic Research.
Guzin Bayraksan of the systems andindustrial engineering department wonthe UA’s 2012 Five Star Teaching Award
an NSF Faculty Early Career Award,and Achintya Haldar of civil engineeringand engineering mechanics was made adistinguished member of the AmericanSociety of Civil Engineers.Jennifer Ramin, a sophomore in thechemical and environmental engineeringdepartment, was awarded a GoldwaterScholarship, and civil engineering seniorDylan Moriarty won the UA UndergraduateCentennial Achievement Award. This yearwas outstanding for our team.I want to close with our strongest measure– student retention. Gone are the days of 25percent engineering graduation rates and
65 percent rst-year retention. Due largely
to the hard work of our students, faculty,staff and alumni, close to 50 percent ofour freshmen graduate in engineering, withan additional 15–20 percent graduatingelsewhere at the UA. Last year we retainedmore than 87 percent of our freshmanstudents. We provide the talent that isneeded to build successful companies thatwill drive our national economy. I couldnot be more proud of our efforts in thisarea and we will continue improving byrecruiting outstanding students and bringingproven strategies in teaching, learning andmentoring to our engineering experience.Thank you for your continued support and Ihope you have a great summer!
Building a Better College
35:1 spring 2012
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