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Innovator, Gordon Prize Recipient CLIVE DYM RETIRES

Tis December, engineering design pioneer Clive Dym concluded his 21-year tenure at HMC with a career-capping achievement—the National Academy of Engineering’s 2012 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. Dym, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design and

director of the Center for Design Education, shared “engineer- ing’s Nobel Prize” with colleagues Mack Gilkeson and Richard Phillips. Dym launched HMC’s first-year design course, which applies conceptual design methods to real problems posed by nonprofit clients and is now a fundamental part of the engineer- ing program. In 1997, Dym started the Mudd Design Work- shops that have attracted design educators, researchers and practi- tioners seeking to address issues in engineering design education. Before arriving at HMC, Dym had established himself as

an internationally renowned scholar in applied mechanics and acoustics, and a pioneer in applying artificial intelligence to the modeling of engineering design tasks. Yet, he was irresistibly drawn to teaching. “I enjoy the act of teaching and working with and mentoring students, and I love the flexibility of being able to write about what I want when I want,” Dym said. “For me, academic life always has been more than a job; it’s a vocation, a calling and very much a part of who I am.”

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place in the universe. Vosburg served on panels at the film’s May premiere and during its screening at a science-faith conference in July. He also hosted a screening and discussion at a faculty conference and led a student group through the film and the guide this summer. Te National Science Foundation awarded $437,962 to the

Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC), a group co-founded by chemistry Professor Adam Johnson. Te four-year grant will fund a multi-institutional, collaborative project that will introduce inorganic chemistry faculty to the latest research and guide them through the development of new teaching materials. Te materials produced will be disseminated to the global teaching community through VIPEr (Virtual In- organic Pedagogical Electronic Resource), IONiC’s website and social networking hub. Te project will feature four summertime faculty development workshops, that “will capture the most ex- citing and cutting-edge research taking place in the field of in- organic chemistry and make it available in ready-to-use modules

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that can be dropped into an existing undergraduate course,” said Johnson.

Engineering Underwater robots are now tracking sharks and transmitting data to marine scientists, thanks to a team of researchers led by engineering Professor Christopher Clark; California State University, Long Beach biological science Professor Christopher Lowe; and University of Delaware biological science Profes- sor Mark Moline. More than 10 student researchers have con- tributed to the project, including HMC physics major Chris Gage ’13. KABC-TV-7 aired a report on the project Monday, Sept. 24. Te new shark-tracking technology allows scientists to follow sharks across longer distances and for longer time periods, as well as report on the sharks’ environment, providing information about the factors that may influence their migration patterns.

Faculty News

Clive Dym activated and enriched HMC’s engineering design program.

Dym is a prolific writer, including 12 books (two slated for publication in 2013) and has lectured widely. Along with the Gordon Prize, his honors include the American Society for Engineering Education’s Archie Higdon Distinguished Edu- cator Award (2006) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award (2004).


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