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As we end the 2012-2013 Academic Year, I will begin a new assignment as Vice President for Research and Development at Louisiana Tech. While I am excited about what lies ahead, this is a bittersweet moment for me. Although my office will move to Wyly Tower, I will still be on campus and hope to continue working with alumni, faculty and students in my new capacity, and see you when you are here for Tech events or advisory board meetings.
As I look back over my tenure as dean, I am so proud of our faculty, staff and students and what we have accomplished together. Our innovative, hands-on approach to undergraduate education is being emulated around the world, and our scientists and researchers are putting Louisiana Tech on the map. Our faculty has been involved in ground-breaking science, like the discovery of the Higgs-boson, in advanced research in critical areas and in the development of innovative technology for solutions to immediate challenges. Our students have also been recognized. The Eco-marathon team has won awards every year they have competed at the annual Shell event, and our National Society of Black Engineers chapter has been named National Distinguished Chapter of the Year two consecutive years.
I am especially proud of our Engineering and Science Foundation Board of Directors. They have stepped up their support of our Campaign for a New Integrated Engineering and Science Building, and I expect we will achieve our goal of raising $7.5M in private funds by the end of the calendar year. I plan to remain involved in this project even as I move into my new role as Vice President. I still believe it is the single most pressing need of the College today.
In closing, I will not say good-bye. I will say thank you for your support and guidance, and look forward to seeing you around campus!
Dean and Thigpen Professor
Fraser, Catherine and Garcia, Estevan, "Annual Report 2013" (2013). College of Engineering and Science Annual Reports. 3.