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From the Editor
This time of year, many people are thinking about resolutions (whether or not they make them), but I'm also thinking about a related word with multiple meanings: resolve. For example, we might resolve (i.e., make a resolution) to achieve a goal or complete a project, but we may need to resolve (i.e., settle) certain sticky issues to reach our objective. To get where we want to be, dogged determination is often required.
I'm thinking about this because when I came to the College of Engineering a year ago, I resolved to launch a new website this year. From the outside, this may seem like an easy goal to achieve, but in this large, diverse setting, the process frequently seemed like wrestling with a tank full of octopi. Fortunately, perseverance brought us to the point where we fully expect to launch a logically structured, easily navigable site with new feature stories, videos, blog posts, and breaking news at the end of this month.
The stakes are higher—and the potential rewards greater—when it comes to finding economical and environmentally sound solutions to today's most complex engineering challenges. Our forward-thinking faculty and students get up every day with great resolve and work against seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve their research objectives. Their track record continues to be impressive.
As we wrap up 2011 and begin a new year, let's keep our resolve to think big, never let an octopus get the upper hand, and continue seeking solutions to engineering's greatest challenges.
Thuy T. Tran
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