Dean's Message

The role of an engineer is to put science to use for society. To do this job well, engineers must reach across boundaries to produce first-rate innovations within the human context of the problems they are solving. No challenge facing society today demands more of engineers in this regard than the problems of energy and the environment, with all their dimensions of technology, science, politics, economics and culture.

That’s why, when we were planning this issue of EQuad News, we decided to create an online version on a blog platform that invites your comments. We seek a wider conversation because, just as we do in our teaching and research, we are advancing the idea that engineering plays a vital role in all areas of society and that everyone has a stake in the future of technology.

In addition to the magazine's energy and environment stories, much of the news in this magazine stems from interdisciplinary collaborations. The Center for Information Technology Policy, featured here, is a joint venture of the engineering school and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. You’ll find chemical engineers collaborating with biologists and electrical engineers working with sociologists and political scientists.

I encourage you to visit us at, where you can find more news, engage in discussion and send us your comments. I look forward to hearing from you.