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December 2013

From the Dean

Fall 2013 College of Engineering enrollment figures are officially in, and they confirm what we've all seen and felt in classrooms and throughout campus: we are growing! We have a total of 6,758 students this year, compared to 5,907 a year ago. Not only are we growing in numbers, but in capacity and output as well. We have added substantial numbers of faculty and dramatically expanded our research programs. At the same time, engineering faculty innovations generated almost half of OSU licensing income for FY 2013, and four of the five most recent university startups were based on or included College of Engineering faculty innovation.

While we are very proud of this growth, we are also proud of the quality of our faculty, our students, and our programs. We are now poised for a transformational leap — the next level of impact that will allow us to meet the myriad challenges of an increasingly complex world. Collaboration is an essential component to making this leap — and to landing on our feet. By working together, we will broaden our impact and strengthen our capacity to deliver excellence in research and teaching.

As always, thanks for your support in helping us write this next chapter of the College of Engineering.

Best wishes,
Sandra L. Woods
Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University


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