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Dean's Message – Fall 2011

Fall 2011 | Nicholas J. Altiero, Dean

Nicholas J. Altiero, Ph.D.In the last newsletter, I addressed one of the three elements of the School of Science and Engineering’s mission: undergraduate education. In this issue, the topic is research and graduate education.

Since the inception of the School of Science and Engineering in July 2006, school faculty members have been successful in securing more than $100 million in research funding from federal, state and industry sources. Even in these difficult economic times, the faculty has continued to aggressively pursue funding for research and has established a remarkably high success rate with federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. This funding has enabled the School to equip state-of-the-art research facilities, support student research assistants and postdoctoral scholars, disseminate research findings through the most prestigious scientific and technical journals, and have a strong presence at national and international scientific meetings. The number of graduate students enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering has grown each year and now exceeds 400. More than 300 of these are doctoral students, constituting the largest doctoral program at Tulane. And research opportunities are not restricted to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. This past year nearly 250 undergraduate students were also engaged in research, another figure that continues to grow. The School of Science and Engineering has proudly delivered on the Tulane promise of a top tier research university committed to both graduate and undergraduate education.

Each spring, the School of Science and Engineering celebrates its research accomplishments at its Annual Research Day. This event commences with the presentation of the Outstanding Researcher Award to a school faculty member who is being honored by his or her colleagues for their internationally-recognized scholarly achievement. Past recipients of this award are distinguished faculty members John Perdew, Ulrike Diebold, Mike Herman, Vijay John, and Ken Muneoka. Their work, and the work of many other SSE faculty researchers, has been highlighted on our school’s web site. Following a presentation by the Outstanding Researcher Award winner, a poster session is held at which science and engineering students present their work and awards are presented for the most outstanding posters and presentations. The 6th Annual School of Science and Engineering Research Day is scheduled for April 12, 2012, at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University campus. I invite you to join us to enjoy first-hand the remarkable and exciting discoveries and innovations that have resulted from the work of the school's faculty and students.

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