Message from the Department Head
To our Website Visitors:
From our Spring 2016 Newsletter
This has been a very successful year in terms of student and faculty awards. Four of our young faculty members have received what are considered the most precious research awards available, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award and the Air Force Young Investigator Award. Winning one of these in a department in a given year is grounds for bragging rights; winning four in the same department is unprecedented. Not to be outdone, our ASME student design team won both first and third place in the ASME international design competition this past November – again unprecedented.
Another seminal event was the establishment of the Hassan Distinguished Lecture Series named in honor of the exemplary career of Dr. Hassan A. Hassan.
We also created a Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) chaired by Adam Hilton (BSME 2004) and held our inaugural meeting this past February. The function of the CAB is to provide curriculum advice, provide our students with professional development activities and facilitate engagement between corporate partners and the MAE department.
Every six years we undergo an accreditation review of our undergraduate programs by ABET. We are completing our self-study reports where we document our curriculum and student outcomes as well as facilities, faculty quality and continuous improvement procedures. Our on-campus review is planned for fall 2016. We continue to be very active in student education and research initiatives. In 2014–15, we completely revamped our first laboratory course (MAE 305) to give students more hands-on experience and exposure to modern data acquisition. We will be revamping the second laboratory course (MAE 306) this summer.
On the graduate student front, you will note that we graduated 35 Ph.D. students this past year – the highest ever – placing the department in the upper echelon of research extensive departments. In 2014-15 the MAE department had research expenditures of nearly $12 million, a 10 percent increase over last year. Finally, our distance-delivered M.S. programs continue to be popular.
We were fortunate to be able to hire three outstanding faculty members this past year: Drs. Jun Liu, Kenneth Granlund and Pramod Subbareddy, whose brief biographies are presented in our 2016 newsletter. Several faculty members have new appointments: Dr. Matt Bryant was reappointed as a second term assistant professor while Dr. Shadow Huang was promoted to associate professor with tenure and Dr. Gracious Ngaile was promoted to professor. We also hired Katlyn Taylor and Elizabeth Baker.
We sincerely hope that you join our efforts to improve our educational programs and student experiences. Your donations support critical activities that are not supported by state funds, including student scholarships and fellowships, endowed professorships, student clubs and organizations, student travel to conferences and senior design.
Read more in our Spring 2016 Newsletter.
Richard D. Gould
R.J. Reynolds Professor and Head