Alumni, Industry Partners & Friends,
I am thrilled to announce that the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering has elected a new chair. Professor Peter Hamlington will step into his new role this July. He and I are working closely this semester for a smooth transition. The department is also gearing up for a new entryway in the Engineering Center. Construction on the entryway remodel began on Monday, Feb. 14 and is anticipated to be completed in June. I look forward to you all visiting our new space.
Despite these announcements, I do not want us to forget how difficult this semester has been for so many. The new year began with the Marshall Fire destroying many of our friends and families’ homes. Then the omicron variant forced us to start the semester remotely for safety. Those who are suffering from the fire and pandemic are in my thoughts. While we are still feeling this grief and frustration, we as a department are moving forward together. This semester is further proof of how resilient our community is, and I am humbled to be a part of it.
The department is remodeling its entryway in the Engineering Center - adding a new front desk, community center and dedicated career space. The renovations will give mechanical engineering community members another place to gather and provide students improved access to resources to achieve their academic and career goals.