COVID-19: Engineers and scientists meeting the challenge

A message from Dean David McLean

David McLean, Dean of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

These are unprecedented times for colleges and universities across the globe, and the community in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is meeting the challenge head-on. We are engineers and scientists. I am confident we will leverage the innovation already in our college to adapt and emerge more resilient and prepared for an ever-changing world.

In little more than a week, our faculty converted all courses for online delivery and assisted each other with creating that teaching environment. While there were reservations on being able to make this substantial change in such a short time period, we’re hearing that students like this new format, particularly the live, online interaction with their instructors.

Many of our research faculty are actively responding to the global pandemic by engineering solutions. So far, they’re working to scale up production of a sprayable disinfectant, and gearing up to 3D print personal protective equipment and greatly needed parts for respirators. 

We are also hearing wonderful stories of collaboration and gratitude. I know of one instance where one of our student ambassadors donated her wages for the rest of the semester to another student in need.

We are grateful for the ongoing support that you, our extended engineering community, provide us to deliver on the university’s mission. Your support allows us to focus on what’s truly important, which is the health and safety of our college. Your contributions are helping our faculty lead crucial efforts, while providing pivotal support for scholarships and emergency funding for students facing food and housing insecurity due to the pandemic. You are a key factor in the college and the university’s ability to drive toward educational success even during this time of crisis.

Now more than ever, your contributions to the Dean’s Innovation fund will allow us to pursue educational excellence for our students as they confront new challenges and strive to stay focused on their studies in the midst of so much change. Please consider making a gift to support the direct needs of our engineering students and faculty, as well as Ram Aid to provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our students on campus.

I’ve asked our faculty and staff to look at their own circles – the people they come in contact with through their work and their personal lives – and find someone they can help. We will get through this and emerge stronger than ever.

Thank you for keeping the college in your hearts and minds as we face these unprecedented challenges together.

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

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Researchers from the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering are at the forefront of solutions for global challenges in water, health, energy, and the environment. We discover technologies, standards, methods, products, and processes that improve the world we live in.

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