As a faculty member and now interim director of the School of Engineering, I am gratified to see the many accomplishments of current and former students highlighted in this magazine.
Mary Lawrence, who will be the keynote speaker at our Fasenmyer conference in April, has been named a flight director for NASA. Alumni like Ron Crowl are leading innovative companies such as FeneTech.
Under the guidance of faculty members, our students are conducting research on fuel cells, learning how to thwart would-be cyberthieves, and building the first hybrid vehicle for Supermileage competition.
The first students in our new Master of Manufacturing Management program will graduate in May. Our new Industrial Engineering program is growing. Innovation Commons in Burke Center is becoming a resource for the Erie region.
Finally, the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center will open in late spring in Knowledge Park. It will expand open lab space for research and development by students, faculty members, and industry partners and accommodate the school’s growing enrollment, which is now at more than 1,600 students!
We are uniquely positioned to engage with industry and support advanced faculty-student research while staying squarely focused on the success of our students. This focus, combined with the support of our many stakeholders, ensures a bright future. I am pleased to be leading the school in realizing this future, and I welcome your thoughts and ideas about our efforts.
Russell Warley, Ph.D.