Dean's Message – Summer 2012

Summer 2012 | Nicholas J. Altiero, Dean

Nicholas J. Altiero, Ph.D.On May 19, Tulane University celebrated its 178th Commencement. Among the nearly 2700 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees conferred on that day were 395 undergraduate and 141 graduate degrees to students enrolled in programs offered by the School of Science and Engineering. The School has experienced astonishing growth since its creation six years ago and all indications are that there will again be a record number of incoming science and engineering students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels this coming fall. In addition, June 30 marks the end of Tulane's 2011-2012 fiscal year and, while the numbers are not yet finalized, it is clear that School of Science and Engineering research funding, scholarly publications, and patent disclosures will all surpass record levels.

As we begin the 2012-13 fiscal year and anticipate the beginning of the new academic year on August 27, I can assure you that there are many more exciting announcements to come. One of those will be the re-introduction of computer science education and research at Tulane. We have hired a number of new computer science faculty members, we are offering an increasing number of computer science courses, and we are creating a department in which computer science and affiliated faculty can develop interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This new computer science department will be located close to our Center for Computational Science and we anticipate strong collaboration between them and between the computer science faculty and faculty from across campus who are engaged at the interface of a broad range of disciplines with computing. There is no doubt that this new program will attract strong enrollment and research funding but its success will also be highly dependent on the support of individuals and corporations who value the importance of computer science education and research at Tulane.

On a personal note, I am pleased to report that I have accepted another five year term as Dean of the School of Science and Engineering that will begin on July 1, 2012. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the founding dean of this great School and I am very much looking forward to working with all of you over the next five years to continue building on the strong foundation that we have established. Thank you again for all you do for Tulane University and for the School of Science and Engineering.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764