Celebrating Commencement
Commencement is a highlight of university life. It’s hard not to be moved by the many stories of individual students. Their drive, imagination and perseverance are inspiring. Our students have a lot to be proud of—they have earned what society recognizes to be one of the most challenging and rigorous degrees.

This spring, we had 508 bachelor’s degree recipients, 219 master’s degree recipients and 56 doctoral degree recipients. I’d like to thank all of the faculty and staff who make commencement possible and who work everyday to ensure the success of our students.

Change in SBHSE Leadership
I would also like to share the news that Bill Ditto, Director of the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, has accepted an offer to be the Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaii. This is an exciting career opportunity for Bill and we wish him the best of luck on his new adventure. I’d like to thank Bill for his leadership and contributions over the past three years. He has been instrumental in re-imagining the future of our biomedical engineering program and building the foundation for SBHSE.

We hope to have an interim director in place around June 1, and will launch the search for a new director in the next two weeks. Please join us in wishing Bill good luck as he moves on to his new role in Hawaii.

Gearing up for E2 Camp 2011
It’s almost that time of year again—time to welcome our fourth freshman class to E2 Camp! If you haven’t been a part of E2 Camp in the past, I encourage you to volunteer this year and experience it for yourself. You can read more about E2 Camp in last week’s ITL post and you can volunteer online: engineering.asu.edu/camp/volunteers.

Paul

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