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DEAN’S MESSAGE

Programs to meet changing industry needs, students wise to the work world, inventions leading to patents, startups and life-changing products…

Succeeding Today and Investing in Tomorrow, in Every Possible Way

WHAT A TIME to be part of the UA College of Engineering! Engineering Design Day 2017 perhaps best illustrates the excitement. From an exoskeleton that helps a person walk to a UAV that pollinates date trees 10 times faster than usual, more than 100 senior projects were on display May 1 for the world to see. Thousands crowded into the Student Union as alumni from throughout the United States marveled at how engineering education has changed, schoolchildren caught a glimpse of their futures, industry partners and team mentors applauded jobs well done, and judges from the ranks of professional engineers chose the best projects for more than $25,000 in sponsored prizes. Remember the proverbial engineering welcome message: “Look to your left; look to your right. Those students will not be here next year”? Those days are long gone. Four- and six-year graduation rates are at a 15-year high and far above national averages, student retention is well beyond expectations and job prospects are looking good. About 75 percent of the undergraduates who started with the College in 2010 attained bachelor’s degrees at the University, and more than 50 percent got their degrees in engineering. Every mining engineering undergraduate and 95 percent of civil engineering undergraduates were employed by commencement day 2017! Keeping student enrollment up means being able to invest in new faculty – the key not only to quality education but also to research and invention. The College gained 10 faculty members in fall 2016 and expects another 10 arrivals in fall 2017. Our faculty are studying air flow around vehicles flying at hypersonic speeds and predicting crack propagation in composites. A prestigious Keck Foundation grant is advancing strategies for building quantum computers that may someday replace today’s digital computers. Three projects resulted in technologies acquired by the company MetOxs, which won Tech Launch Arizona’s Startup of the Year Award. One faculty member had 13 invention disclosures and was named TLA’s Inventor of the Year for the physical sciences. Team spirit is high, and we are marching forward. We urge you to visit and celebrate with us. Mark your calendars: Homecoming 2017, October 27-28, is only five months away! Until then… Bear Down!

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ARIZONA ENGINEER

Jeff Goldberg, Dean jgoldberg@arizona.edu • 520.621.6594 @UA_ENGR_ Jeff_G

Arizona Engineer | 2017 spring edition  
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