|MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN|
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
We are off to a strong start at the beginning of this new decade. Our faculty members are receiving national recognition for their research and technology transfer activities. We continue to attract the best students from an extremely competitive UW-Madison freshman class. Engineering student teams are excelling in everything from new inventions to the next generation of fuel-efficient SUVs. You will read about many of our discoveries, collaborations and successes on the pages of this report.
Our new media relations effort, based in our Engineering External Relations office, has enhanced our national recognition. In the first year of this program, the work of our faculty received mention in such respected publications as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Physics Today, Advanced Materials and Processes, and Computerworld magazine.
Our continued success creates challenges. For example, our research expenditures grew by more than 20 percent last year and have grown by more than 80 percent in 10 years. With this explosive growth, including research in areas not even imagined five years ago, comes a space crunch. Even completion of the Engineering Centers Building next year will not address our space needs for the coming decade, in which we expect to see our research program continue to grow and expand into new areas. Maintaining adequate infrastructure in a time of limited state support is also a pressing need.
In the area of instruction, technology-enhanced learning requires considerable resources to take advantage of its promise across our curriculum. To ensure that we continue to maintain educational excellence, we cannot afford to fall behind in this area there will be even more demand ahead for services such as web-delivered degrees and customized learning experiences.
We continue to attract impressive new faculty talent, particularly in areas that cross disciplines. The synergy their presence creates on campus, both inside and outside of the college, is exciting to watch. Retaining these new faculty members, as well as our established, senior faculty, is critical in an environment where schools routinely compete for faculty with attractive salary and laboratory packages.
Having laid out the challenges, I must hasten to add that we are in an excellent position to meet them. The quality of our faculty, staff and students is stronger than it has ever been. We continue to refine our strategic objectives to help us achieve our goal of becoming a top-five engineering college. We have energy, momentum and commitment and a wealth of talent.
I invite you to explore "ENGINEERING WISCONSIN" and see where our present and future efforts are taking us. We couldn't reach our goals without the participation and support of you our alumni, industry collaborators and friends. On behalf of our faculty, students and staff, I thank you for being our partners in engineering excellence.