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Message from Dean Aylor

James H. Aylor, Dean of SEASDear Colleagues, Alumni and Friends,

At the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, something great is happening.  You can feel it — the forward momentum — across the University's Grounds.  Now is a critical moment in time for U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

University President John T. Casteen III and the Board of Visitors know it — they've placed enhancement of engineering and the sciences among the University's highest priorities.  And the President of the United States knows it — he called for advancement in the areas nanotechnology, supercomputing and alternative energy sources in the 2006 State of the Union Address.  These forces have created for the Engineering School a moment in time that cannot — will not — be replicated.

In this unique time of opportunity, the Engineering School will play an unparalleled role of importance. In order for Mr. Jefferson's University to flourish, it must maintain its leadership in the humanities and liberal arts while also distinguishing itself as a prominent institution in engineering, science and technology.  The Engineering School has accepted this challenge, this opportunity, and the resulting momentum for the School's advancement is unmistakable.

With your support, we will propel the Engineering School to international recognition.  By the year 2015:

  • We will attract a diverse, talented and creative student body to engage in experiential-based undergraduate curricula that prepare students to assume leadership positions in the fields of engineering, business, medicine, law and politics, among others, while also conveying the excitement and necessity of applying engineering solutions to global problems.
  • We will compete for the best and brightest graduate students, providing the funding and high-quality research facilities necessary to attract top candidates.  Once enrolled, our graduate students will work with knowledgeable and influential faculty who will inspire, educate, train and mentor these future professors, researchers and industry leaders.
  • We will be known nationwide for the intellectual rigor and creativity of our research programs — among them nanotechnology, bioengineering and information technology — as well as the excellence of our faculty and our graduate students.  Our vigorous pursuit of collaborative relationships across engineering and other disciplines will propel the U.Va. Engineering School to national prominence.
  • We will be positioned as a top 20 engineering school for both undergraduate and graduate students and have at least three top 10 departments.

We endeavor to accomplish all of these things, but we cannot do so without your help.  Please consider investing in the innovation, progress and promise of U.Va. Engineering. Your generous contribution to the advancement of the Engineering School will enable us to continue educating generations of Jeffersonian Engineers, leaders equipped to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

JAMES H. AYLOR
Louis T. Rader Professor of Electrical Engineering
Dean of the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science
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