Scot Douglass, as recent graduates know, is the founding Director of the Engineering Honors Program, in Andrews Hall. EHP is a vibrant, productive, and supportive educational community, with engineering students performing music, designing astronomical devices, reciting poetry, and staging other events. Scot presides over Andrews Hall both day and night: he lives in its faculty apartment, along with his wife Kathleen and their two daughters. In recent years, Scot has developed two wildly popular and successful Maymester courses, one on the Narnia Chronicles and one on the Harry Potter books. And, this spring, he was named a Presidential Teaching Scholar in recognition of achievements both in the classroom and in the scholarly profession. Way to go, Scot!
Anja Lange is still here! In addition to teaching Herbst seminars, she has developed and twice led a study abroad program in Xi’an, China - home of the terra cotta warriors. There she guides students through Chinese history and culture with classes, day trips, and interactions with Jiaotong University students. Invariably her students gain new insights - not only into the ‘other,’ but also into but also into themselves. Anja plans to share some of her adventures in the next Herbst newsletter.
Former Director Diane Sieber, another Presidential Teaching Scholar, has been appointed Associate Dean for Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In that capacity, she is keeping the college at the cutting edge in terms of new teaching techniques and technology. Starting this fall, she will be the first faculty-in-residence for the new Kittredge Central Global Engineering Residential Academic Program. Still a professor in the Herbst Program, Diane has become its vigorous promoter in the Dean’s Office.