Engineering Leaders: Rising Star, Chemistry Fellow, & Interim Dean (2016)

Christopher R. Fournier, P.E. (ME A ’04), has been selected as the 2016 New Hampshire Young Engineer of the Year. Fournier is vice president and lead structural engineer with HEB Engineers Inc., where he has worked since graduating from the University of Maine with B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering. He will be honored this week at the annual Engineers’ Week Awards Banquet. Read the article for more information on Fournier’s career, including being chosen as a “Rising Star in Structural Engineering” in 2013.


The Royal Society of Chemistry, “the United Kingdom-based association representing more than 50,000 the world’s leading chemical scientists,” has named its 2016 Fellows. University of Texas at Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering Samir M. Iqbal, Ph.D. (TX H ’96), was one of the recently named Fellows. Read the press release.

He is an expert in nanotechnology and biosensors with a substantial portfolio of work in the area of cancer detection at the molecular level. His work has attracted almost $3.5 million in research funding since he joined the University in 2007. “My research has focused on understanding and learning life at the smallest scales,” Dr. Iqbal said. “This focus on nanoscale systems and devices requires a deep understanding of reactions, energies and atomic level precision.”


Virginia Tech has named G. Don Taylor, Ph.D. (TX H ’83), as the interim dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Taylor is currently professor and head of the department of industrial and systems engineering. He has been a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2004, his research focuses on the simulation and optimization of complex systems, and is a president emeritus and fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Click here for the announcement.


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