The Jonsson School is celebrating its 30th anniversary this school year. This provides us an opportunity for a brief pause to recognize what we have become: one of the most rigorous and technologically advanced programs in the country.
For example, Jonsson School undergraduate students have received full scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and sponsorship through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program - each year for the last several. Teams from our corporate-sponsored capstone program, UTDesign, have taken top honors in both the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference and the Capstone Design Conference - for the past two years.
In 30 years, we also have become an economic engine of growth and innovation for North Texas because of our focus on industry-relevant research and education. The University expects to receive National Research University Funds in 2018, and Jonsson School contributions are a dominant factor in earning this Tier One recognition.
Jonsson School growth is supported at the highest levels of The University of Texas System. This year, we dedicated our new $110 million Bioengineering and Sciences Building, and construction is underway for a state-of-the art, 200,000-square-foot building to house our Mechanical Engineering Department.
Providing such an exceptional educational experience is a community effort, so we have planned anniversary events for all of our constituents. Our lecture series is composed of distinguished leaders in academia, industry and society. Fall lecturers included Richard K. Templeton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments Inc. Among those helping us celebrate this spring is Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer known as "The Science Guy". Other anniversary events include a panel discussion composed predominately of women technical leads; and two large events that expose hundreds of kindergarten through 12th grade students to the fun and excitement of engineering and computer science.
Please visit our website to learn more about these anniversary events, as well as what the Jonsson School has become in only 30 short years.
Dr. Mark W. Spong
Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair and Dean
Excellence in Education Chair