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Message from the Dean

Fall 2017 | Michael Herman, Interim Dean

Michael Herman Interim Dean

Dear Friends,

Welcome back! As we begin another exciting semester at Tulane, we here at the School of Science and Engineering are looking forward to a great year. As interim dean, it gives me great pleasure to thank our outgoing dean, Professor Nicholas Altiero, for his extraordinary service to the School. In his seventeen years as dean (first in Engineering and then in SSE), Nick has been an exemplary leader, catalyzing growth in every area of operations, and setting standards for all of us—students, faculty, and staff—to follow. We wish him all the best on his much deserved and long overdue sabbatical.

Wonderful to report is that yet again, SSE has shown strong student enrollment. This year we welcome 667 new undergraduates, and 155 new master's and doctoral students, leading to a total enrollment of 2043 undergraduates and 447 graduates. Particularly encouraging is our trend of excellence in the honors program, showing a superb 557 students from SSE. Of all the incoming students that were invited to join the honors program (462), over half (242) are from SSE, outnumbering all the other schools combined. Well done!

You may have heard about our new department in the School, River-Coastal Science and Engineering, which is detailed elsewhere in this newsletter.  We are all excited about its potential.

The SSE is pleased to welcome new faculty this year, with ten new researchers in seven different departments joining the School: in the fall, Professor Ehab Meselhe (RCSE); Assistant Professors Nathalie Busschaert (CHEM), Jianwei Sun (PEP), and Jonathan Fadok (PSYCH); Professors of Practice Ian Townley (CMB), Dorothy Cheruyiot (EEB), and Mentor Stafa (MATH); and Research Assistant Professor Yubo Zhang (PEP). In the spring, we'll welcome Assistant Professors Maria Galazo (CMB) and Michael Naguib (PEP). Whether in the classroom or in the lab, make sure to show them a warm Tulane welcome.

SSE outreach this summer has also been excellent. As in years past, our Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) brought high school students from around the country to study, experience research life, and learn about careers in science. This year we hosted over 100 students from 17 states, a great experience for all. Our Upward Bound program received not one but two grants from the Department of Education totaling an amazing $2.5M, and we were again pleased to host the Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience (TURN) Program, now in its tenth year. With many more of our students continuing to pursue exciting internships in diverse fields and industries, our young researchers are clearly on the move.

Lastly, I'm humbled to say that giving to the School remains strong. Thus far, with nearly $9M in new commitments from over 1000 donors, we have been immensely grateful to all those who support our work. Highlights include the highest percentage of matching gifts by department across the entire university, and the third-highest level of individual giving—truly remarkable figures. As we begin this new semester, I am thrilled to see such progress, and look forward to preserving this wonderful momentum in the year to come.

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