Setting the agenda for next two years
Shapiro has persuaded me to stay on another year as Dean of
the School of Engineering and Applied Science, so that my
term will now expire at the end of June 2002.
This extension has given me the
opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished,
and on our future agenda.
The success of our students is the
yardstick by which I most prefer to measure our progress.
Here are a few facts that show we are growing at a healthy
Each year at opening ceremonies,
Princeton University presents four prizes to undergraduates
in recognition of academic excellence. In 1998 three of those
four prizes went to B.S.E.s. In 1999 an engineering student
won one of the prizes, and this year, two of the university's
top academic prizes went to engineering students.
- Jared Kramer, a computer science
major, is the winner of the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar
Award for the Class of 2001 (see page 21). This goes to
the member of the senior class who, at the end of the junior
year, has achieved the highest standing in all preceding
college work at Princeton. Chan Vee Chong, who earned his
B.S.E. in only three years, received this award for the
Class of 1999.
- Abbie B. Liel is recipient of
the George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize for the Class
of 2002 (see page 22). This prize recognizes exceptional
academic work in the sophomore year at Princeton. Last year,
this prize went to Eileen Higham '01.
- The valedictorians for 1999 and
2000 were engineers: Chan Vee Chong and Andrew Houck. Chan
Vee had the highest academic average of any Princeton University
student in the past 25 years.
- Three of the last five Jacobus
Fellowships--the University's highest academic award for
graduate students--went to engineers. This year, Yueh-Lin
Loo, a chemical engineering graduate student, was named
the Jacobus Fellow (see page 22). In 1997 the award went
to Claire Adjiman, also a chemical engineering graduate
student; and in 1996 Harindran Manoharan, an electrical
engineering student, received the award.
We can apply that same measure of
quality to our faculty. In the fall of 1998, we celebrated
Dan Tsui's Nobel Prize in Physics--it was the first for an
engineering faculty member at SEAS.
Since I arrived at the SEAS in 1991,
six faculty members have been elected to the National Academy
of Engineering (Pablo Debenedetti, Anthony Evans, Irvin Glassman,
Richard Lipton, William Russel, and George Scherer); six have
been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(David Billington '50, Anthony Evans, Philip Holmes, William
Russel, Daniel Tsui, and Andrew Yao) and one has been elected
to the National Academy of Science (Andrew Yao).
On the fund-raising front, we raised
five endowed chairs this summer, increasing by 25 percent
the number of endowed chairs in engineering. We will fill
you in on the details after the ink dries.
Perhaps more importantly than reflecting
on what we have done, we should take this opportunity to define
what it is that we plan to do over the remaining two years
of our term.
- We plan to establish endowed
positions for practitioner-teachers following the teaching
models established by Norman Augustine '57 *59 for leadership
and Ed Zschau '61 for entrepreneurship.
- We plan to create more outreach
opportunities for A.B. students, particularly in the alliance
of engineering and the liberal arts. Our goal is to increase
the percentage of A.B. students serviced from 40 percent
to 60 percent.
- We plan to see the completion
of the Friend Center for Engineering Education, which will
provide a new location for the engineering library and larger
classrooms equipped with multimedia technology. Space in
the E-Quad and the Computer Science building will be reconfigured
to make room for new laboratories and student lounges.
- We plan to enroll 50 students
per year in the one-year, no-thesis, Master of Engineering
- We plan to expand the faculty,
particularly in the departments of computer science and
electrical engineering that spearhead the information technology
This is a full agenda, but we are
Princeton engineers, and we are up to the challenge.
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