I am writing to inform you that I have initiated a leadership change in the College of Engineering. Dr. Sandy Woods will step down from her role as Dean effective immediately. I value and appreciate Sandy’s contributions as Dean. Her tenured Professor position will continue.
Additionally, effective immediately, Dr. Terri Fiez will return to her tenured Professor position. I thank Terri for her achievements as Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
I remain fully committed to the success of the College of Engineering, its faculty, staff and students, and to building upon the excellent teaching, research and industry collaborations for which the College has long been recognized. Going forward, it is essential to build a leadership team within the College that shares a sense of direction and purpose.
To lead the achievement of these essential outcomes, I have appointed Dr. Scott Ashford as Dean of Engineering. Scott has served as Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, as well as serving as Interim Dean. He is a respected leader and scholar within the campus community, in Oregon and internationally. I am confident that Scott will provide the leadership needed to advance the strategic direction and priorities of the College.
Again, I want to assure you that the University’s commitment to the College of Engineering is very strong. I will work with Scott, Engineering faculty and staff, and other internal partners and various external constituents to continue to advance the College.
Provost and Executive Vice President
This is pretty cool (even if I don’t understand most of it). McGill University grad student Tim Blais did his master thesis on three-dimensional gravity, then adapted it in “Bohemian Gravity” – a one-man a capella cover of the Queen classic.