Introducing Dean Fauchet
When a new person takes charge of an organization, the first 100 days represent a major benchmark. The concept started with reviewing the sweeping programs President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched during his first 100 days in office. Now it is used to predict new strategic priorities for an organization. It is important to take inventory of where the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering is now before we attempt to plot its course for the future.
When I became dean on July 1, 2012, I took over leadership of a school that is very strong. Applications, selectivity, and research funding are at all-time highs. In his 16-year tenure, my predecessor, Kenneth F. Galloway, took Vanderbilt School of Engineering from a near-50 ranking to No. 35 on the U.S. News & World Report list of top engineering graduate schools. He cultivated strong relationships with alumni and donors; he recruited outstanding faculty. This remarkable improvement does not happen by accident. It is a testimony to the caliber of faculty and students we have attracted to Vanderbilt.
Now it is my goal to continue the momentum of the school and to lead it into new frontiers of scholarship and innovation. I intend to do that by building on what is distinctively Vanderbilt: true dedication to collaboration, both internally and externally; service; teaching; and a focus on solving real-world challenges with worldwide impact.
The following pages spotlight a portion of the research initiatives in our laboratories and classrooms. In the next few years, we will build on the recognized strengths of the School of Engineering and discover new ones as we continue to find answers to global challenges. I am confident our faculty and students will generate solutions and develop inventions that make an impact in many areas, but particularly in health and medicine, energy and natural resources, security, and entertainment.
It is an honor to be part of such an institution.
Philippe Fauchet, Dean
Photo: John Russell