New Deans at UTK and Dartmouth, & Microfluids Profile (April 2019)

Janis P. Terpenny, Ph.D. (IA A ’81) has been selected as the next dean of the University of Tennessee College of Engineering. Currently, Dr. Terpenny is head of the industrial and manufacturing engineering department at Pennsylvania State University.

She will begin her new position this summer (2019). According to the announcement, Dr. Terpenny’s expertise is in the fields of engineering design and smart manufacturing. She joined Tau Beta Pi in 2011 as an eminent engineer while working at Iowa State University as a department chair of engineering.


The School of Engineering at Dartmouth College has named Alexis R. Abramson, Ph.D. (MA D ’95), as dean. Dr. Abramson will start her new position on June 17, 2019. She is a professor of energy innovation at Case Western Reserve University and co-director of the university’s Great Lakes Energy Institute.

Dr. Abramson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. Read the news article for more information, including details on when she served as chief scientist and manager of the emerging technologies team at the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office during the Obama administration.


After organizing a special issue for a journal on the topic of microfluids, Advanced Science News profiled Anderson Ho Cheung Shum, Ph.D. (NJ D ’05) and had him answer some questions. Dr Shum is an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering and medical engineering at the University of Hong Kong.

Click here to read the Q&A and for more on Dr. Shum who received an Early Career Award by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong in 2012.


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