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From the Dean

Greetings from McCormick


Dean Julio M. OttinoAs we end our Centennial celebration, I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to meet so many of you at venues around the country. In events in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, nearly 2,500 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of McCormick joined us to celebrate 100 years of excellence in engineering at Northwestern. In this issue you'll see photos from our last two events, and you can visit the McCormick website to see many more.

The year was successful on many fronts, especially for our students: Undergraduates were recognized with Churchill, Goldwater, and Udall scholarships, and 14 graduate students were named NSF fellows. Even job placement looks remarkably strong, with only 5 percent of 2010 graduates reporting that they had yet to finalize their plans at graduation (this is the lowest since 1997). In this issue you'll read about students involved in design and research projects. These examples typify both analysis and creativity -- a powerful combination. Whole-brain thinking™ is a skill that will help them throughout their careers.

Our faculty continue to grow successful research enterprises and leverage their expertise in new and creative ways. In our cover story, you can read about how Samuel I. Stupp in materials science and engineering, Phillip Messersmith in biomedical engineering, and Lonnie Shea in chemical and biological engineering are working with collaborators at the Feinberg School of Medicine to explore new treatments for diabetes. Aggelos Katsaggelos and Sotirios Tsaftaris in electrical engineering and computer science used their algorithms to help unveil an earlier draft of a famous Henri Matisse painting. Karen Smilowitz and Irina Dolinskaya in industrial engineering and management sciences are using their logistics research to help optimize disaster relief.

As we begin the 2010-11 school year, we look forward to another 100 years of excellence. I hope you will join us on this journey.

As always, I welcome your feedback.