On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of George Washington University I am happy to welcome you the Spring 2016 Middle Atlantic Section Conference.
We are constantly hearing about the need for a paradigm shift in educating engineers to meet the challenges of a new century. Central to this shift is attracting and retaining a more diverse talent pool of students and faculty, revitalizing education from K-12 through College, changing societal understanding of what engineering and technology is, and infusing innovation and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Graduates today must face and successfully negotiate an information explosion, fierce global competition, and the need for rapid and continuous innovation, as well as embrace a diverse workforce, and understand that life-long learning is essential. Our conference tries to address these issues by hosting workshops and sessions, and keynote addresses from accomplished and distinguished persons, that we hope will offer you unique insights and new and practical information that will enhance your teaching and mentoring.
I hope that while you are here, in our fabulous new building, the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) that you will have a chance to walk around and explore. We moved in in January 2015. The light-filled and open commons spaces, the glass walled studio classrooms and teaching and research labs, all in close proximity to one another, have been designed to encourage collaboration and promote interdisciplinary education and research. In a very short time, these spaces, where our students and faculty teach and learn, discover and invent, are proving to be exactly what we expected of them: the enabler of our ambitions. As you walk around don’t be shy about asking questions. Our faculty and students will be happy to tell you about their work.
I want to extend my deepest thanks to the conference steering committee, especially its chair Professor Shahrokh Ahmadi of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and to Sandra Little, our administrative assistant.
Finally, enjoy the meeting. Ask questions, participate in the workshops and discussions, meet new people and develop new and lasting friendships. Welcome.
David S Dolling, Dean