Congratulations to Gary May, newly appointed Chancellor of UC Davis and veteran NextProf Speaker

 UC Davis has its seventh chancellor, Gary S. May, engineering dean at the Georgia Institute of Technology, confirmed by unanimous vote of the Board of Regents at a special meeting this afternoon (Feb. 23). The meeting took place at UCLA and at other locations by teleconference.

“I hope that during my tenure as chancellor at Davis we come to accept some of the daily habits, the precepts that I try to apply in my own life, and that’s that every day I want to learn something, I want to help somebody and I want to make the world better — and I hope that’s what we’ll do at Davis,” May told the regents after the vote. He concluded his remarks by saying, “Go Ags!”

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NextProf Alumna Honored as Top Young Innovator

Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell, a Johns Hopkins engineering professor who designs medical imaging systems that link light, sound, and robotics to produce clearer pictures, was honored today by MIT Technology Review, which placed her on its prestigious 2016 list of 35 Innovators Under 35. The list annually spotlights the nation’s most promising young scientists.

The magazine recognized Bell for her innovative work in the fields of biotechnology and medicine. She is one of nine “Inventors” on the list who are “building the stuff of the future.”

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NextProf Speaker, Rhonda Franklin – Connecting Diverse Students

ECE alumnus Rhonda Franklin uses her influence as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota to attract a diverse student population to the STEM field, and her own field of applied electromagnetics. She believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota.

Prof. Franklin was on campus to take part in the 2016 NextProf Workshop, which brings highly qualified participants to campus to explore and prepare for a faculty position in engineering. This year’s Workshop focused on increasing diversity in engineering, and included undergraduate and first year graduate students to give them an introduction to academia.

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