Elsa Garmire, Sydney E. Junkins Professor of Engineering, recently delivered Dartmouth’s 19th annual Presidential Lecture. Selected for the honor by President James Wright, Garmire titled her speech, “Who Would Have Imagined? From an Idea to Reality — the Parallel Growth of Lasers and a Woman Scientist.” In other news, Garmire has joined the board of advisors at Stellaris Corp, a Lowell, Mass.-based company that is developing low-cost renewable energy and energy conservation technologies.
Visiting Professor Ron Lasky has been appointed director of the Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC) for a three-year term. He will build Thayer School’s industrial design partnerships and expand CEDC activities.
Associate Professor Susan McGrath was appointed to the Personal Protective Equipment Committee at the Institute of Medicine. The committee will examine scientific and technical issues in the development and use of personal protective equipment and explore emerging research areas. She was also appointed to the Emergency Management Technical Committee, part of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, which will assist in the development of standards for emergency response data exchange and interoperability.
Thayer School career services director Chandlee Bryan represented Thayer School on Dartmouth’s Service and Education Trip for Hurricane Katrina Relief in Biloxi, Miss., in December. She worked with a team of Dartmouth students to establish a temporary employment resource center that assisted Gulf Coast residents with résumé writing. Institute for Security Technology Studies staff member Jenny Bodwell also represented Thayer School in Biloxi. She worked with students and volunteers at Hands On USA on construction-related recovery efforts.
Visiting Professor Quintus Jett helped organize a summit to develop new ways to bring help to people affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The event, hosted by the Louisiana chapter of the NAACP, was held in Baton Rouge in November. Jett and students in his fall-term course “Organizations, Technology and Management” also developed the MOSAIC Project, a resource for volunteers contributing to recovery efforts.
Assistant Professor Ted Cooley ’82, Th’88 has been appointed chief IT strategist at Thayer School. His duties include identifying, reviewing, and evaluating software relevant to Thayer courses.
Mark Franklin ’83, Th’85 has returned to Thayer School as director of computing services. A Thayer employee from 1987 to 1993, he worked for more than 10 years for Applied Microsystems, Cabletron Systems, and the Kiewit Center.
Ph.D. candidate John Hannon won the Golden Hammer-Best Presentation Award for his discussion of his research, “Applying Computational Fluid Dynamics to Model Industrial Fermenters” in Thayer School’s Research in Progress Workshop for doctoral candidates, held in March.