Schulz Named Dean of Engineering

Tim Schulz has accepted appointment as Michigan Tech’s next dean of engineering effective July 1, Provost Dave Reed has announced.

Schulz came to the university in 1992 as an assistant professor and now chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the department’s Dave House Professor and directs the Center for Integrated Systems in Sensing, Imaging and Communications.

“The search committee did a great job,” Reed said. “They gave the university community a very strong pool of applicants. The decision was difficult because the candidates were so good.”

Schulz was selected in part because of his views on the college’s future. “He has had a very positive influence on his department,” Reed said. “But in particular, we were impressed by his vision for the college and his enthusiasm for working with people across a wide variety of disciplines.”

“Tim’s hiring is the successful end of 10 months of hard work by our search committee,” said Professor Alex Mayer (GMES), the committee chair. “We started with more than 40 excellent applicants and eventually narrowed the pool to five.

“It was especially difficult to recommend a ‘best’ candidate, due to the exceptional quality of the finalists. We are very pleased that Tim has accepted the position—the committee agreed that Tim has the broad vision and the management skills to lead the college to even greater prominence,” Mayer added. “We are also impressed that during Tim’s tenure as chair, he has managed to maintain a first-rate reputation in his field, while at the same time significantly elevating the quality of his department.”

The current dean of engineering, Robert Warrington, has completed his appointment and now directs the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies.

“We have been fortunate to have someone of Bob’s caliber as dean,” Reed said. “Under his direction, the college has seen impressive growth in its research and graduate programs, as well as the addition of new undergraduate degrees. We’re grateful for his leadership.”

Schulz said he was looking forward to working with all of the college’s constituencies.

“Michigan Tech’s College of Engineering has a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, a strong record of providing outstanding engineering education and a wonderfully successful and supportive alumni base,” Schulz said. “I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead the college to a new level of greatness.”

The success of the College of Engineering relies on how well it compares with engineering schools throughout the US, Schulz said. “I want our academic programs to be recognized as the best in the state and our research programs to attain positions of prominence among the finest public engineering schools in the nation,” he said.

That will require enhanced research and graduate programs, including dramatic increases in the quantity and quality of graduates from the college’s PhD programs.

That, in turn, will require an investment in people. “I want to see the graduates of our doctoral programs advance to important, high-impact positions in academia, industry and government laboratories,” said Schulz. “To do that, we must have a focused, aggressive investment in our faculty; in other words, we must attract the best faculty at all ranks and retain the highly productive faculty we already have.”

In addition, the college should help ensure that all Michigan Tech students receive a broad-based technological education. He also stressed the importance of promoting engineering as a profession throughout the state and region.

The college is already graduating more women than most engineering schools, Schulz said. However, Michigan Tech should aim to be the “preeminent engineering school for the education of women,” graduating the highest percentage of women in engineering among the nation’s top public engineering schools.

Schulz is a fellow in SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering and the topical editor for signal processing for the Journal of the Optical Society of America. He has also served on the editorial boards for Applied Optics and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

In his research, Schulz applies statistical signal-processing techniques to computational imaging and signal analysis. His methods have been used to clarify images from the Hubble Space Telescope and to miniaturize high-quality cameras for military surveillance and commercial applications. His work has been widely published, and he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on approximately $5 million in funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Laboratory and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Michigan Tech Hispanic Students Earn National Recognition

Submitted by Madeline Mercado Voelker, advisor, and Jaime Camelio, co-advisor

Andrea Muñoz-Hernández, a PhD student in environmental engineering, won first place for her poster, "Calibration and Uncertainty of a Surface Water Model for a Basin in a Semiarid Region: The Rio Yaqui-Basin, Mexico," at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference, held recently in Denver.

Michigan College/University Partnership-sponsored students Idaliza Gómez (Biological Sciences) and Andy Publes (ECE) were among the 33 students selected to attend the inaugural Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)/Groundwater Education in Michigan (GEM) Graduate Records Exam/Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Lab, in Denver Jan. 10-11, co-hosted by the National GEM Consortium and the Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science, Inc.

Gómez was also selected to present her poster, “Identification of Microsatellite Markers for Diagnostic Genotyping of Populus Fremontii X Angustifolia Backcross Hybrids,” at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference held in Tampa last year.

"As the advisors of the Michigan Tech Nosotros/SHPE student chapter, we are extremely proud of our students' achievements," said Mercado Voelker. "Being recognized at the national level in organizations such as SHPE and SACNAS is a great honor, and to hear the name of our institution in a room with over 6,000 Hispanic and corporate representatives was a very moving experience."

Stephanie Irish Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Undergraduate Stephanie Irish (Physics) has been named a 2007 Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship provides $7,500 for tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Irish is from Rochester, Minn. She is a junior physics major, with minors in mathematical science, remote sensing and astrophysics. She intends to pursue a PhD in planetary atmospheres.

Under the direction of Associate Professor Will Cantrell (Physics), Irish will conduct research on ozonolysis of high molecular weight organic compounds applied to ice nucleation. This research will help climate scientists improve their models by providing a more detailed understanding of the impact of biomass burning on cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere. Irish presented related work in this area at the fall 2006 annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. She and Cantrell expect a peer-reviewed paper to come out of that research.

Irish thoroughly enjoys experimental research in atmospheric science. "I often cannot wait until the next problem arises in the experiment, so that I can challenge my mind with a way to overcome it," she wrote in her Goldwater application.

"My decision to offer Stephanie a summer research position is motivated by the fact that getting someone more qualified and better able to make an immediate contribution would involve hiring a postdoc,” said Cantrell.

"This is the most competitive award an American undergraduate in the bio-physcial sciences, technology, engineering or math can receive. Her achievement brings honor not only to herself, but also to Michigan Tech," said Assistant Provost Mary Durfee. This year 441 colleges and universities nominated 1,110 of their top students for the 317 awards.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency that honors the memory of Senator Barry M. Goldwater.

For further information, contact Durfee, mhdurfee@mtu.edu or 487-2112.

Computer Science Seminar Friday

Assistant Professor Zhenlin Wang (Computer Science) will give a
seminar, "Compiling UPC for Multi-Core Systems," on Friday, April 6, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Rekhi 214. Wang will discuss the ongoing research and development of a UPC compiler and runtime system targeting multi-core systems.

Nanotechnology Colloquium Thursday

Professor Mark A. Reed, from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at Yale University, will present a colloquium, “Biodetection with Semiconducting Nanowires,” on Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m., in Fisher 139.

For more information, contact Yoke Khin Yap, ykyap@mtu.edu or 487-2900, or Ranjit Pati, patir@mtu.edu or 487-3193.

GMES Colloquium Thursday

PhD candidate Katie Keranen, from Stanford University, will give a colloquium, "Discontinuous Evolution of the Main Ethiopian Rift: Implications for the Development of Continental Rifts," on Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Dow 642.

This colloquium is sponsored by the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences and the College of Engineering.

Grain Processing Lecture Friday

Haiying Liu (Chemistry) will present a seminar, "Functional Conjugated Polymers for Noncovalent Engineering of Carbon Nanotubes and Bacterial Sensing Applications," on Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Staff Job Posting 04/04/07

Facilities Engineer
Campus Facilities Planning

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In Print

Assistant Professor Zhanping You (CEE) and Research Assistant Professor Qingli Dai (MEEM) published a paper, "Review of Advances in Micromechanical Modeling of Aggregate-Aggregate Interaction in Asphalt Mixture," in Vol. 34, Issue 2, of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, published by the National Research Council, Canada.