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SMU names School of Engineering, launches new initiatives

Bobby B. LyleSMU has named its 83-year-old School of Engineering in honor of Bobby B. Lyle, a Dallas entrepreneur and industry leader who has been instrumental in shaping the direction and growing prominence of the school. The School of Engineering had been the only unnamed school at SMU.

“Over the past several years, Bobby Lyle has spent countless hours helping to chart a course that will position the school for national leadership in American higher education,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “In recognition of his leadership, we are honored today to name the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. No one in the history of the School of Engineering has brought more dedication, support and commitment to its permanent development than has Dr. Lyle. With the naming of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, we are confirming our commitment to leadership in engineering education and securing the school’s bright and promising future.”

Lyle has served as an SMU trustee for 20 years. As a member of the Engineering Executive Board, he has worked with Engineering Dean Geoffrey Orsak and the faculty to introduce several new major initiatives expanding the school’s focus on technology leadership, engineering activism and social responsibility. As an SMU trustee, Dr. Lyle serves on the University Audit Committee; Executive Committee; Academic Policy, Planning and Management Committee; Compensation Committee; and as chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

Among the new initiatives announced at the ceremony, SMU is establishing the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® Lab at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering. Through this partnership with Lockheed Martin, SMU will be the first university in the nation to create and host a Skunk Works® Lab. The lab will be modeled closely on the iconic and top-secret California research and development facility created by Lockheed Martin to solve the “toughest technology problems facing this country,” Orsak said.

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Brian Stump receives teaching award at General Faculty Meeting

Brian Stump, Albritton Professor in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College, was honored as the 2007-08 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s Fall General Faculty Meeting Aug. 28.

President R. Gerald Turner updated the faculty on the upcoming Second Century Campaign and other issues surrounding campus life.

>> Newly tenured faculty and more under the link


Tune In: “Green Machine” draws power from heat

SMU Geothermal Lab Coordinator Maria RichardsThe SMU Physical Plant is testing the performance of the “Green Machine,” which can generate electricity from waste heat. Geothermal Lab Coordinator Maria Richards discusses the Machine’s usefulness as a teaching tool in this CW 33 video from July 25, 2008.

Engineering Dean Geoffrey Orsak is a new regular columnist for the engineering publication Design News. Read two of his recent essays at the SMU News website:

“Let’s Not Forget the Dollar Per Day Economy,” June 2008
“Our Big Asterisks*,” August 2008

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Navy award renamed in honor of SMU engineering professor

The U.S. Navy’s highest award for engineers and scientists has been officially named in honor of Delores M. Etter, TI Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education and director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education. The honor was announced in early June by John S. Thackrah, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA).

The Department of the Navy includes more than 35,000 scientists and engineers pursuing research, development, acquisition and sustainment. The Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers Award was established to honor those who reached superior technical achievements and to promote continued scientific and engineering excellence. Prior to joining SMU’s School of Engineering, Etter served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for RDA.

Etter: “Truly proud” to be honored

Four named 2008-10 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

SMU's 2008-10 Altshuler ProfessorsFour outstanding educators have been named 2008-10 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors by SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. This year’s honorees are Olga Colbert, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Ian Harris, Statistical Science; Larry Ruben, Biological Sciences; and David Willis, Mechanical Engineering.

The four new members will join four returning members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers: Christine Buchanan, Biological Sciences; Mark Chancey, Religious Studies; John C. Holbert, Theology; and Bonnie Wheeler, English and Medieval Studies. Read more.

Left, the new Altshuler Professors were honored by the SMU Board of Trustees at its May meeting. Left to right: SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler, Harris, Colbert, Ruben and Willis.


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