Dean Tim Anderson is pleased to announce the appointment of three faculty members and one administrator as the new associate deans for the College of Engineering. The new appointments are: Professor John Collura, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation; Professor David Ford, Chemical Engineering Department, as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor Tilman Wolf, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Operations; and Kathleen Rubin, the current Assistant Dean, as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration. The College of Engineering is indeed fortunate to have these dedicated individuals available to serve in four key positions at this crucial time of growth, evolution, and advancement within the institution.

Alumnus Bob Cramer, a CEO coach and advisor, board member, and private investor with 29 years experience in high-growth, venture-backed businesses, will give an informal talk in M5 (Marcus Hall, room 5) on Tuesday, April 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mr. Cramer is a 1980 graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His topic is “Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Tech Start-up Companies.” Among other companies, Cramer has served as CEO of: LiveVault, one of the first SaaS businesses targeting the SMB market (acquired by IRM in 2005); FirstSense, one of the first application performance management companies (acquired by CCRD in 1999); and Nimbit, one of the first direct-to-fan online sales and marketing platforms (acquired by PreSonus in 2012). The talk will be free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. You can call Mariellen Dachos at 413-545-6372 for more information.

An engineer’s engineer, Bill Swanson almost took a different path in pursuing his American Dream more than four decades ago. But then his aptitude for tinkering got the best of him. “As a young man, I originally wanted to become a pro golfer. But I also liked taking things apart, putting them back together, making them work better,” he told a rapt audience of 14 engineering students from UMass Amherst on February 20. “That’s how I drifted into engineering.” That’s also how he signed on with the Raytheon Company in 1972 after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University.