Dean's Message – Spring 2011

spring 2011 | Nicholas J. Altiero, Dean

Nicholas J. Altiero, Ph.D.It is my pleasure to introduce this electronic newsletter of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering. In this quarterly communication, we will highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of the school's students and faculty and will update you on school activities and events. In addition, each issue will include feature articles about Tulane science and engineering alumni, benefactors, and members of the school's faculty and staff.

Now in its fifth year, the School of Science and Engineering brings together the sciences, engineering, and mathematics in an interdisciplinary environment that focuses on learning, discovery, collaboration, innovation, and engagement in the community. Approximately 1650 undergraduate students and over 400 graduate students are currently enrolled in degree programs offered by the school and more than 200 of our undergraduate students are working side by side with the graduate students and faculty on sponsored research projects that address important societal issues associated with health, energy, and the environment. Additionally, we are in the process of developing new programs in areas such as advanced materials and computer and computational science that will significantly expand the breadth and depth of the school's offerings.

While the School of Science and Engineering is relatively young, degree programs in the sciences and in engineering have been offered at Tulane for over a century and there are currently more than 18,000 Tulane alumni who majored in science and engineering disciplines. We hope to reach all of those alumni with this newsletter as well as parents of science and engineering students and other friends of the school. We trust that all of you will enjoy receiving these quarterly reports and will frequently visit our website at to follow our progress. We would also like to hear from all of you so please take the time to contact us at:

Tulane University has made a remarkable recovery since Hurricane Katrina and its horrific aftermath and, by every measure, is an even stronger institution that it was before the storm. We are proud that the School of Science and Engineering has played a major role in the renewal of this great university and we are looking forward to continued success in the years ahead. Our sincere thanks to all who make this success possible.

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