“Bud” Peterson, the College of Engineering Tenneco Professor, associate
vice chancellor, and executive associate dean of engineering at Texas
A&M University, has been named provost of Rensselaer, effective July 1.
A fellow of both
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Peterson pursues research interests in
the field of thermodynamics and heat transfer. His most recent work presents
enormous commercial potential for use in the thermal control of high-power
semiconductor devices and for the elimination of cancerous tissue in situ.
Peterson has received international recognition for his work and has earned
eight patents, with two patents pending.
“Bud Peterson brings
outstanding credentials and capabilities to the position of provost,”
President Jackson said. “His significant research accomplishments, extensive
administrative experience, and record of achievement in the classroom
will serve as the strong foundation for his crucial role in fostering
excellence in the academic activities of the Institute.”
Peterson has held
a number of key administrative roles at Texas A&M, including head of the
mechanical engineering department, assistant director of the Texas Engineering
Experiment Station, associate dean of engineering, and associate vice
chancellor for the A&M System.
for his work in boiling and phase change heat transfer, Peterson also
is a highly regarded educator whose teaching evaluations have ranked him
in the top 10 percent of the faculty in the Texas A&M College of Engineering.
Peterson earned a
doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in
1985. He earned a master’s in engineering and two bachelor’s degrees,
in mathematics and in engineering, all from Kansas State University.
Peterson is the author
or co-author of more than 125 refereed journal articles and more than
150 conference publications. He also is editor of several technical journals.
His work on committees and panels for the National Science Foundation,
NASA, the Department of Energy, and the National Academy of Engineering
has helped shape the national agenda in the field of heat transfer. A
registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, Peterson is also
a member of Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Powell, corporate director for human resources at Suburban Hospital
Healthcare System (SHHS) in Bethesda, Md., has been named vice president
for human resources at Rensselaer. He will begin work July 1. Since 1998,
Powell has served SHHS and has been responsible for human resource management
involving more than 2,200 employees at two acute-care hospitals. He previously
worked for four years as vice president for human resources at Bon Secours
Baltimore Health System. Powell holds lifetime certification as a senior
professional in human resource management from the Society for Human Resource
Management. He holds a B.S. from Delaware State University and a master’s
degree in human resource development from Bowie State University.
Ade Knowles, who has served for 18 years as dean of students, has
been named interim vice president for student life. Knowles joined the
Rensselaer community as assistant dean of students in 1977. He was named
director of minority affairs in 1979 and became dean of students in 1982.
Knowles earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Lincoln University and
a master’s degree in higher education from Columbia University. In 1998,
he earned a doctorate in public administration and policy from the University
at Albany’s Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
has been named to a newly created position of dean of enrollment management
in which she will be responsible for all aspects of enrollment for undergraduate,
graduate, and professional programs. The position will report to the provost.
Duffy has served as dean of undergraduate admissions since 1994.
Under her leadership,
the Office of Undergraduate Admissions re-engineered the freshman and
transfer admissions processes to improve efficiencies and focus on service
to students, parents, teachers, and counselors. Yield of students increased
by 33 percent and quality of students as measured by SAT scores improved.
A graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, Duffy joined the
Rensselaer staff in 1989 as director of corporate and foundation relations.
She previously served as vice president for customer satisfaction at Garden
Way Inc. and later as vice president for retail operations.
who spent nearly 30 years designing innovative lighting technologies at
GE Lighting and GE’s Corporate R&D Center, has joined the Lighting Research
Center as senior lighting technologist. Roberts holds 30 patents for lighting
technologies and has written extensively for lighting industry journals
and publications. He has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in electrical engineering
from Case Western Reserve University and a B.S. in electrical engineering
from the University of Maryland.
Ramanath, assistant professor of materials science and engineering,
was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the
National Science Foundation. The grant, aimed at young faculty members
actively engaged in research and education, is one of the NSF’s most competitive
and prestigious awards. Ramanath received a $400,000 four-year grant to
study the use of thin films of copper and its alloys to make better interconnects
Yu, assistant professor of mathematics, and Wesley Huang, assistant
professor of computer science, have received Faculty Early Career Development
Awards from the National Science Foundation. Yu received a four-year,
$245,000 grant for his work in a branch of mathematics known as approximation
theory, which has applications in fields as various as data compression,
data estimation, medical imaging, and computer animation.
Huang received a
four-year, $281,000 grant to study a new generation of mobile robots.
Huang works in the areas of robotic manipulation (grasping and moving
objects) and mobile robotics. He expects such robots, acting in teams,
to be especially useful in environments inhospitable to humans—say, the
surface of Mars or a toxic waste site.
Steiner ’78, clinical associate professor of mechanical engineering,
aeronautical engineering, and mechanics, has been named director of the
Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory (MDL). The MDL, located in the Jonsson
Engineering Center high bay, will be a unique teaching and learning facility
involving multiple engineering disciplines, management, humanities, architecture,
and science. The facility is expected to open in October. Steiner, who
graduated from Rensselaer with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1978
and a Ph.D. in 1987, is a former senior project manager at Rensselaer’s
Center for Manufacturing Productivity (later the Institute for Design
and Manufacturing), and was a product design engineer at GE for 12 years.
Bronet, associate dean and associate professor in the School of Architecture,
has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of
Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA). Her election was announced
in March at the ACSA’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. Bronet will take
office as vice president on July 1. Bronet joined the Rensselaer faculty
as an assistant professor of architecture in 1985. She received bachelor’s
degrees in architecture and civil engineering from McGill University in
1978 and 1979, and a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University
Smith has been named interim dean of students. Smith joined the dean
of students staff in 1986 and has served as associate dean and director
of the Office of Minority Student Affairs since 1995. A graduate of Northwestern
University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, Smith earned
a master of arts degree from the University at Albany and has done advanced
study in educational administration and supervision and in instructional
design and development.
Jr. ’65, associate professor of materials science and engineering,
has been named associate dean for academic and student affairs in the
School of Engineering. Messler spent 10 years at Grumman Aerospace Corporation
and five at Eutectic-Castolin Corporation. He returned to Rensselaer in
1984 as technical director/associate director of the Center for Manufacturing
Productivity & Technology Transfer. He became a full-time faculty member
in 1991, and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Lutes, men’s indoor track and field coach, has been named the 2000
NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Men’s Coach of the Year. The United
States Track Coaches Association selects and presents this award annually
to a top coach in each of the seven NCAA Division III men’s track and
field regions. Lutes, in his 20th season as head coach, led the Engineers
to their first-ever New York State Collegiate Track Conference title.
Lutes is also the men’s outdoor track and field coach. During his 23 years
at Rensselaer, he has also served as athletic director, associate athletic
director, and physical education instructor.