This issue of the Dean’s Report highlights the importance our Faculty places on innovation and entrepreneurship. Equally important, it shows how partnering with alumni results in a better education for students.
This is my first opportunity to speak to all graduates through the medium of the Dean’s Report, so I would like to share some thoughts about how I perceive my role—and more important, your role—during the next five years. Working together we can help to ensure success for our students and professors.
The Faculty of Engineering has a new dean, but one with a familiar face. Jim Nicell began his five-year term July 1, 2013, bringing with him a broad knowledge of our Faculty, McGill and the wider community. This Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics professor has been a pioneer from Day One of his 22-year academic career at McGill.
The information in this eNewsletter about entrepreneurship at McGill Engineering is important in and of itself, but what makes it particularly noteworthy is that it was an alumnus who suggested that we develop this area of Faculty life more fully, and then proposed the path to do so.
Dean Christophe Pierre stepped down at the end of September to become Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois.
Professor Andrew Kirk has been named interim dean.
Alumni support created many of the conditions that enabled this to happen.
There is a common theme underlying several stories in this issue. The iRing research project, our rapidly expanding student services and the Ram Panda alumni profile all show that success is a lot easier to achieve when everyone pulls together.
Alumni often ask if I’ve heard about a remarkable new program at university x, y or z, or perhaps inquire if we’re considering doing such-and-such to better prepare students for the job market. My answer to both questions is almost always “yes, but we lack funds right now to set the program in motion.”
The last issue of the Dean’s Report highlighted important developments in undergraduate education at our Faculty. This issue shines the spotlight on other areas that are being transformed, including industrial research and doctoral student recruitment.