Leaders in Engineering, March 2015

The University of Virginia (UVA) has announced the selection of Craig H. Benson, P.E., Ph.D., as the 13th dean of the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Benson, PA A ’85, is currently a distinguished professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His appointment begins on July 1, 2015. Read the news release for in-depth biographical details on Dr. Benson


The News & Observer (NC) recently published a profile of Robert A. Malkin, Ph.D. (MI G ’84), focusing on his global efforts to improve health care in developing nations. Dr. Malkin is a professor at Duke University in the department of biomedical engineering. “This year, Malkin was named one of five ‘engineering heroes’ by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He oversees hundreds of students investigating dozens of potential inventions.”

Read the article to learn how his studies and early work experience led Dr. Malkin to start a club at the University of Tennessee where engineering students would rehab old medical equipment for use in Third World hospitals. Also, learn about the Pratt Pouch, which was named one of the top 10 health innovations for low-wealth settings by the World Health Organization.


The Director of (the) Water Services Department for the City of College Station (TX) was recently named the 2014 “Engineer of the Year” by the Brazos Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. David M. Coleman, P.E. (TX D ’81), has nearly 30 years of experience as a professional engineer and was recognized for his talent, effort, and community involvement in the engineering profession. He currently “oversees College Station’s water and wastewater operations, including more than 70 employees and a budget of $55 million.” Click here to read more


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