Institute of Technology faculty to help shape new world-class institute

Five Institute of Technology faculty members are among the members of a new advisory committee that will form a world-class interdisciplinary Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology. University of Minnesota Provost E. Thomas Sullivan announced the committee’s appointment Oct. 9.

The Institute of Technology faculty on the committee are professors E. Dan Dahlberg (physics), Vipin Kumar (computer science and engineering), Ellen Longmire (aerospace engineering and mechanics), Susan Mantell (mechanical engineering), and Fotis Sotiropoulos (civil engineering).

The idea for the new institute stems from a strategic positioning recommendation made by the Science and Engineering Task Force in May 2006. The committee will develop ideas on what the institute must do to enhance academic synergies and to substantially increase communication and research collaboration across scientific, medical, and engineering disciplines. The committee has been asked to submit a report with an implementation plan by spring 2007.

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