In this issue, I invite you to share in some of the departmentís recent successes.
During the past few months, two more companies have joined the industrial affiliates program: Vitro, Inc., and TRW, Inc. We are enthusiastic about all future endeavors resulting from these new partnerships.
The department will soon feature two new laboratories: the Vitro Computer Engineering Lab and the Jasmine International Telecommunications Instructional Facility. We are committed to offering state-of-the-art facilities to our students, and these new labs help to ensure that we will continue to do so.
In addition to the above-mentioned labs, the department has added three new facilitites: The Molecular Beam Epitaxy Facility, Electron-Beam Lithography Facility, and the Video Processing Research and Education Facility.
Our educational programs continue to improve and expand with the recent approval of the departmentís Computer Engineering Undergraduate Degree Program, which will be taught in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science. More than 40 students will be entering this program in the fall.
In addition, we are beginning to aggressively seek scholarship funding for students, as is reflected by generous donations from Hughes Network Systems and the Jasmine International Group. These types of funding enable us to seek and attract the best undergraduate and graduate students to the department.
We have boosted our staff personnel by hiring Allison Vukovich as Coordinator for Block Research Grants. Ms. Vukovich administers contracts the department has with the Laboratory for Physical Sciences.
Several promotions have been awarded to faculty members. Wesley Lawson has been promoted to Full Professor, Leandros Tassiulas has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and James Pugsley has been promoted to Associate Professor Emeritus.
Finally, several changes have been made in the departmentís associate chair positions. Professor Adrian Papamarcou has been appointed Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. In addition, Professor Wesley Lawson has been appointed as Director of the Electrical Engineering Honors Program.
Please feel free to contact me regarding the departmentís activities. I can be reached at email@example.com. In addition, I invite you to visit the departmentís web site, at http://www.ee.umd.edu.
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