Already energized by the recent successful first-ever EXCEED residential program for frosh, Davidson College of Engineering faculty and staff have rolled out the welcome mat for 480 freshmen and 380 transfer students in preparation for the first day of instruction Wednesday, Aug. 22.
These new engineering students will be warmly welcomed at the annual BBQ, Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 11 a.m. Nearly 400 students have registered for this fun event, which features good food and fellowship, and opportunities to learn about college resources and student organizations and clubs.
Dr. Ping Hsu, who assumed the role of interim dean after the recent departure of Dean Belle Wei to Chico State, says, “Fall semester is off to a good start with solid enrollment and many new students who are truly enthused about engineering. Our exceptional faculty and staff are more committed than ever to helping students be successful and achieve their dreams.
“These outstanding students are the leaders of tomorrow – creating new engineering solutions and building a better world – and we feel privileged to welcome them into our engineering family,” Hsu says.
CoE also welcomes a new faculty member, Benjamin Hawkins, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, who has joined the Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering. Two new staff members are also on board in the Engineering Student Success Center: Blanca Sanchez-Cruz is the new assistant director of student support programs and director of the MEP program; and Fred Corvi will serve as a part-time GE advisor.
In his welcome address to the campus community earlier this week in Morris Dailey Auditorium, San Jose State University President Mohammad H. Qayoumi mentioned the pride we all share as Spartans:
“What does it mean to be a Spartan? We are known for being resourceful, creative and industrious. We are dreamers, innovators and high achievers. To be a proud Spartan is to acknowledge both our strengths – because there are many – and the areas where we have an opportunity to grow and transform. As a university community, we have many reasons to be proud.”
That says it all! Welcome to fall semester – engineering students, faculty and staff.