Feb 14 faculty meeting highlights

Excerpts from Feb 14 Faculty meeting that are (a) suitable for public disclosure and (b) perhaps of interest to the broad student community follow.

Unlike meeting minutes, which are official and approved by faculty vote, this summary is mine alone and has not been vetted by a faculty vote.

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REMARKS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM DIRECTOR M. CAMPBELL

Director M. Campbell announced that Laura Houghton officially joined MAE in a split administrative assistant/communication position. M. Ulinski is now MEng director and lab director.
Director M. Campbell discussed office and lab moves and presented tentative dates for this process.
Director M. Campbell provided a short update on the NYC campus. Hiring and searches started in all three hubs, with one to two MAE tenured faculty hires planned for Fall 2014.

STATUS OF FACULTY SEARCHES – M. CAMPBELL (SPACE)/E. GARCIA (SYSTEMS).

Professor M. Campbell described the status of the Aerospace search, including applicants, Skype interviews and on-campus interviews.

Professor E. Garcia described the status of the Systems search, including applicants, Skype interviews and on-campus interviews.

REMARKS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR GRADUATE AFFAIRS – B. KIRBY.

Professor B. Kirby provided an update on the graduate admission process, including fellowship offers and planning for the Admit weekend on March 1-2. He announced that denial letters were scheduled to be sent on February 18.
Professor B. Kirby announced that he is working with Laura Houghton to develop a protocol for providing continuous web news items reflecting the faculty’s productivity. The objective is to have a steady stream of announcements on the MAE website requiring very limited faculty input.
Professor B. Kirby outlined a long-term plan covering recruiting strategies, grad students mentoring and wellness, grant programs, traineeship programs, and a codification of existing grad program policies.
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