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This item originally appeared in the January 27, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.


Staff Writer

During winter and spring quarters, Tech's College of Engineering and Science is holding a new faculty symposium.

The "New Faces - New Ideas" symposium is composed of five assistant professors who are new to Tech.

"The College of Engineering and Science is fortunate to have new faculty members to present a general overview lecture describing their research interests and the potential impact in their field of study," Laura Fowler, a development assistant for the College of Engineering and Science said.

The first two lectures held earlier in the quarter were given by Dr. P. Sidney Sit, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Chad O'Neal, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

"My experience at Tech has been great," Sit said. "For research work, Tech is one of the few universities that I know truly practices interdisciplinary research."

Tech offers a different working and teaching atmosphere when compared to other universities.

"For teaching, I like the relatively small size of the classes for the courses I have taught so far," Sit said. "That gives me more opportunities to interact with students at a personal level."

During Sit's lecture Dec. 14, students learned of the recent advances in the area of biomaterials.

"My topic covered materials and devices that are intended for implantation in the human body," Sit said. "A better understanding would be helpful in designing, developing and engineering the future generation of biomaterials."

Sit said he hopes the symposium will encourage students to pick a major in engineering.

Dr. Nathan Champagne, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, will speak March 15, Dr. Scott Gold, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, will speak Tuesday and Dr. Chester Wilson, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and an IfM research associate, will speak April 5 to conclude the series.

"I plan to discuss the approaches used to create simulations of electromagnetic phenomena on computers," Champagne said. "I hope the students will appreciate that designing simulations involves coordinating mathematics, numerical analysis and physics."

Every lecture for the symposium is held in the Institute for Micromanufacturing Auditorium.

"I plan on attending Dr. Gold's lecture," Lauren Prejean, a sophomore chemical engineering major, said. "I heard that it will be interesting and will provide the students with a better understanding of Dr. Gold's future research plans at the university."

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