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School of Engineering inducts three to Hall of Leaders March 28

SMU’s School of Engineering will induct three outstanding alumni into its Hall of Leaders during a celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 28 in the Hamon Atrium, Dallas Museum of Art.

The 2008 honorees are Aart de Geus (’85), chairman, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Valley electronic design automation company Synopsys; Karen Livesay Shuford (’70), Dallas civic leader, volunteer and charitable trust consultant for the Bank of America Private Client Group; and Richard Ru-Gin Chang (’85), founder, president, CEO and executive director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation in Shanghai.

For more information, contact Alan Bordelon, 8-4136.

$2 million TI gift endows new Caruth Institute director

Caruth Institute for Engineering Education Director Delores EtterDelores M. Etter – an engineer, scientist and innovative leader – will become the director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education on June 1. A former deputy under secretary of defense and assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy, Etter’s own career serves as a strong example for drawing young people into math, science and engineering careers they might otherwise have assumed were out of reach.

Etter, the Institute’s first director, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The directorship and chair she will assume are made possible by a $2 million gift from the Texas Instruments Foundation.

“This new gift is yet another example of TI’s leadership in finding solutions to challenges in education,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “With this endowment, the TI Foundation has enabled us to appoint a leader who brings with her extensive experience in education, public service and research – a combination that uniquely suits the goal of advancing engineering education.”

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Tune In: Bush Library announcement in images

Donald Evans and R. Gerald TurnerTake another look at the Bush Presidential Library signing ceremony with video and a slide show assembled by SMU News. (Right, George W. Bush Foundation Chair Donald Evans and SMU President R. Gerald Turner; photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.)

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The SMU Economics Club hosted Elizabeth Wheaton, Economics, and Al Armendariz, Environmental Engineering, for a discussion of North Texas air quality issues. Listen to their podcast: “Hazed and Confused: Making Sense of Our Air Quality Problems,” at SMU’s iTunesU site. Launch iTunes U from SMU’s portal page and click to the Dedman College > Economics Club – Events section. You will need to install iTunes if you don’t have it already – it’s fast and free at apple.com/itunes.

Robotics Club makes waves at Tech Fest Feb. 23-24

SMU Robotics Club with Seahorse submersibleThe SMU Robotics Club made the news in July 2007 when its swimming robot was stolen two days before a major competition. But with its fortunes now in high gear, the Club will take the floor with the plucky Seahorse submersible (left) and two new creations during Tech Fest 2008 at the Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park. Read more.

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Green with Embrey: Engineering building certified gold

Embrey Engineering BuildingSMU’s J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building has earned the coveted “gold” Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – the only academic building in Texas to qualify.

Nearly all of the building materials for the Embrey building came from within a 500-mile radius, meaning less carbon-based fuel was used in transporting those materials, and 75 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The building uses recycled water from the University’s HVAC system and features waterless urinals in the men’s restrooms, each saving about 45,000 gallons of water a year. The building captures an abundance of natural light, reducing the need for artificial light during normal business.

“We are proud of being one of the very first universities in the country to have achieved this high national standard for sustainable design and construction,” says Engineering Dean Geoffrey Orsak. “More importantly, this achievement will serve as a constant reminder to our students of the clear commitment we have made to lead in research and education in green technologies.”

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Faculty in the News: Jan. 31, 2008

Al ArmendarizAl Armendariz (right), Environmental and Civil Engineering, provided expert commentary for a news feature on asthma and cement-plant pollution in Midlothian, Texas, on WFAA-TV (ABC Channel 8) Jan. 30, 2008.

Tom Mayo, Law, director of SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, spoke on possible plagiarism in UT-Southwestern Medical Center’s scientific database with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 24, 2008.

Mike Davis, Finance, discusses the ramifications of a recession with David Schechter (and Coffee Shop Barbie) on WFAA-TV (ABC Channel 8) Jan. 23, 2008. He also discussed the possibility of a recession with Wired magazine in its Tech Biz blog Jan. 28, 2008.

For the Record: Jan. 24, 2008

SMU’s School of Engineering will induct three outstanding alumni into its Hall of Leaders during ceremonies Mar. 28 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The 2008 honorees are Aart de Geus (’85), chairman, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Valley electronic design automation company Synopsys; Karen Shuford (’70), Dallas civic leader, volunteer and charitable trust consultant for the Bank of America Private Client Group; and Richard Ru-Gin Chang (’85), founder, president, CEO and executive director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation in Shanghai.

Robert Frank, Music, was one of three composers nationwide to receive a Special Distinction citation in the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize competition. The Nissim Prize is presented annually by The ASCAP Foundation in New York, to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. Frank was recognized for his composition Fast Falls the Eventide, a 12-minute orchestral work in one movement written for, and premiered by, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Phillips in 2004. The competition, which is judged by a jury of professional conductors, drew more than 315 entries from around the United States.

Research takes center stage at Spring Faculty Meeting

The key to SMU’s future is its investment in research today, said Provost Paul Ludden at the 2008 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 16. “The real business of a university is the creation of new knowledge,” he said. “When our students graduate, what they will remember is the opportunities they had to participate in that creation.” Three outstanding professors were honored with special awards during the meeting.

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Faculty in the News: Jan. 18, 2008

SMU faculty stayed busy over the holidays as they shared their expertise with the press and the public. Here’s a short summary of faculty media appearances during Winter Break:

Caroling on the SMU quadPeter Raad, Hart eCenter, was named one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People of 2007” by Next Generation Dec. 19, 2007.

Michael Hawn, Sacred Music, spoke on the declining tradition of Christmas caroling in USA Today Dec. 17, 2007.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, discussed interfaith understanding and his role as featured speaker in Temple Emanu-El’s annual adult education course with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 5, 2008.

Daniel Howard, Marketing, talked about how 2007 recalls have boosted demand for U.S.-made toys in The Oregonian Dec. 25, 2007.

Mike Davis, Finance, discussed Texas’ pursuit of energy diversity in The Killeen Daily Herald Dec. 31, 2007. He also spoke about the impact of the housing slump on real estate agents with the Dallas Business Journal Oct. 16, 2007

Debate tracking on CNNRita Kirk and Dan Schill, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, tracked Iowa debate viewers’ real-time responses during a Democratic presidential debate in a project undertaken with CNN. Kirk and Schill tracked viewer responses during a debate that took place Dec. 13, 2007.

Matthew Wilson and Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about differences in state and national political polling with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 29, 2007. Jillson also discussed New Jersey’s vote to abolish the death penalty with Reuters Dec. 14, 2007.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed what the U.S. Congress’ energy bill compromise means for North Texas pollution control with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 14, 2007.

Rick Halperin, History, discussed the phenomenon of European women befriending Texas death-row inmates with The Seattle Times Oct. 16, 2007. In addition, he coauthored an op-ed urging repeal of the death penalty that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Dec. 22, 2007.

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