On Campus, August 2014

Kim LaScola Needy, Ph.D. (PA L ’84), has been appointed dean of the Graduate School and International Education at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Needy is the first female to lead the school since it was founded in 1927. Previously, she has been the head of the department of industrial engineering at UArkansas.

Dr. Needy is considered a national leader in the field of industrial engineering with more than 132 publications and holds the Twenty-First Century Professorship in Engineering. She is also a past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Click here to read the article.


Georgia Tech has announced a seminar entitled “Optimal Design of Hollow Microlattice Materials” by Lorenzo Valdevit, Ph.D. (CA T ’00). Dr. Valdevit is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine where his primary research goal “is the optimal design, additive manufacturing and experimental characterization of micro-architected materials with superior combination of properties.”

The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, beginning at 10am in room 442 of the Guggenheim on the Georgia Tech campus. Read the event announcement for more details and a related abstract.


The acting dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Engineering has been recommended as the full-time dean. Leo C. Kempel, Ph.D. (OH B ’89), has served the MSU College for more than 16 years and has been acting dean since 2013. He has held the positions of faculty member (1998), associate dean of research (2008), and inaugural director of the High Performance Computing Center (2006) at MSU.

According to the news announcement, Dr. Kempel has previously received a NSF CAREER award and is a fellow and current board member of IEEE. His research “is in the general area of applied electromagnetics.”


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