October 2013

 Sandra Woods

The College of Engineering continues its very positive trajectory of outcome-driven excellence and collaboration.

I am very pleased to announce that in June, the college awarded 924 degrees. This represents a two-year increase of 16 percent in overall engineering degrees awarded by the college with increases of 16 percent in baccalaureate degrees; 6 percent in master's degrees and 54 percent in doctorate degrees.

Donors to the College of Engineering have invested more than $198 million in private support during The Campaign for OSU, leaving us just $2 million shy of our $200 million campaign goal. Our newest facility, made possible with a lead gift from Rosalie and Peter '55 Johnson, has received matching funds from the Oregon Legislature, and we are making marked progress on its design. The building will house interdisciplinary teaching and research laboratories, new state-of-the-art classrooms, and a center focused on improved student recruitment and retention.

All of these recent achievements are meaningful. Yet, I believe that our college's single most important investment is in people. And it shows.

The sons and daughters of Oregon — and other states and nations — have chosen to enroll in OSU's College of Engineering in record numbers with fall 2013 engineering enrollments expected to exceed 6,500 students. This places Oregon State's undergraduate enrollments among the top five percent of all engineering colleges in the United States.

In addition to our investments in excellence in undergraduate education, we are strategically focusing the growth of our graduate and research programs in key areas that will contribute to local, regional, and national economic development and foster increased quality of life.

We continue to build our outstanding faculty with an addition of 25 new faculty this year. Our most recent faculty hires come to us from many prestigious national and international universities and bring new expertise to already top-notch engineering programs. We expect to add 10 more faculty positions to the college during 2013-14 to advance the growth of our engineering programs.

To fulfill our commitment to industry partners and meet the needs of our growing student body, our college leadership team continues to enhance a culture of collaboration and excellence. We welcome back Scott Ashford, who returns as the head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering after spending eight months working in Oregon and abroad on his internationally recognized program in earthquake engineering. In July, following a national search, we appointed Rob Stone, an expert in design, to head the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. As we start a search for a new head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science this academic year, we are grateful for Terri Fiez's contributions over the past decade and a half that helped build a strong School of EECS.

In addition, we appointed two associate deans in March. Christine Kelly serves as associate dean for academic and student affairs, with responsibility for working throughout the college and university to build excellent programs and learning opportunities for our students. Irem Tumer serves as associate dean for research and economic development, and is charged with helping faculty build collaborations and research programs that address important problems and contribute to economic development.

None of this strategic growth and investment in excellence in engineering teaching and research would be possible without an excellent and committed faculty and a dedicated staff that provides support for our programs, faculty and students. I am thankful to the OSU Foundation leadership, the College of Engineering's development team and the college's leadership team for their engagement and support in the success of our fundraising efforts.

Oregon State is also very fortunate to enjoy the incredibly strong support from industry. This support and engagement is helping to advance excellence in teaching and research within the college, and ultimately produces experienced graduates who are ready to tackle the world's most pressing challenges.

I am personally thankful for guidance and support that I have received from our alumni, advisory boards and industry partners during my first year as the dean of the college.

Please know that as dean, I will count on your opinions and expertise to help steer the College of Engineering ship toward an even brighter future.

Thanks for all you do.

Sandra L. Woods
Sandra L. Woods
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

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