New Provost, Professional of the Year, NSF Early Concept Grant (August 2016)

Terry E. Parker, Ph.D. (CA G ’76), has been appointed as Provost of Florida Poly, effective September 1. Currently, Dr. Parker is Provost and executive vice president and a professor at the Colorado School of Mines. His research includes exploring novel optical systems to measure high-temperature and high-pressure ignition systems for use at power plants.

Dr. Parker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Cal Berkeley. Read the news announcement for information on his new position and his 20+ years at Mines.


According to a recent press release, Henry E. Halladay, Ph.D. (MN A ’64), has been recognized by America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals as Professional of the Year 2016 for his excellence in electrical engineering. Dr. Halladay worked at Boeing for 45 years and retired as a senior technical fellow. His bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees are in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

This honor is for individuals who have reached the highest standards of business practices and are recognized for their standings in the business world. A few of the projects Dr. Halladay was involved in at Boeing, include: development of a state-of-the-art Signal Analysis Laboratory, aircraft components and subsystems, and computer simulations of circuits. He was recently elected to senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, has published four articles, and has four patents.


The Holland Sentinel (MI) profiled a new research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Matthew L. Smith, Ph.D. (OH N ’03), focusing on “developing a new, simpler technique for shaping liquid crystal elastomers for a wide range of applications.” Dr. Smith is an assistant professor of engineering at Hope College (MI). “Liquid crystal elastomers could be extremely useful for a variety of applications, such as soft, synthetic muscle actuators or rewriteable braille displays,” said Dr. Smith.

Read the article for more details on his work, which received an 18-month award through the NSF’s Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research program.


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