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Alumni and Friends of the College:

The beginning of an academic year is always an exciting and busy time. This year is especially significant for me because it is the last year I will serve as Dean of the College of Engineering & Technology. I have announced my intention to step down from the position at the end of the 2001-02 school year.

I think we can be very proud of what has been accomplished in the last few years. Fall enrollment is up by more than 10 percent over this time last year. The average ACT score of incoming freshmen continues to rise. Academic programs on both campuses are in good shape, and our new Master of Engineering program continues to attract more students. The construction of Othmer Hall is well under way, with completion scheduled for next year. We are updating more classrooms with high-tech equipment. The new computer lab and student resource center in Nebraska Hall are getting heavy use from the students.

The university has already initiated a search for my replacement. During this next year, I will be focusing my efforts on specific tasks to help the college with recruitment and retention of students and faculty. The college’s research and academic efforts need to be concentrated more and more into the areas brought forward in the academic program prioritization process. The completion of these tasks should help place the college in a better position to advance in the popular national rankings and help our recruitment efforts.

One of the specific goals for next year is the purchase and operation of a supercomputer that has the capability of driving all the computational engineering and simulation studies of the college faculty. We have the opportunity to obtain a computer that will give instant national recognition to the college and the university. Another goal is to implement a field of interest of biomedical engineering within our unified Ph.D. program. More than half of our departments have faculty whose research interests fit very nicely into this discipline.

The 2001-02 school year also brings some changes in our publication schedule for Contacts magazine. Effective with this issue, Contacts will be published three times a year, concurrent with our academic calendar. We will keep working to improve the quality of the publication. Although we are all flooded with information these days, the magazine is a good way for us to keep in touch with you. I hope you continue to stay in touch with us.

                

James L. Hendrix, ’66, ’68, ’69         

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