The newly named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering says his profession continues to broaden its scope. John Walz comes to UK from Virginia Polytechnic and State University where he headed chemical engineering. Walz takes over this fall for Tom Lester who is stepping down from the position he’s held since 1990. John Walz says chemical engineers used to be relegated to refineries and chemical plants. He says engineers reach into a lot of areas today.
“The interface with the biomedical community..nano technology…environmental sustainability… these are very important problems that all engineering disciplineswork with now,” said Walz.
John Walz believes the engineering profession can go a long way to solve many of society’s pressing problems. Walz says he offered a suggestion about expanding engineering education during his interview at UK…
“I would like to propose basic overview courses in such topics as digital technology, nano technology...sustainable energy production…alternative energy for non engineering students,” added Walz.
Walz says such a course offering might entice more students to get involved in the engineering program at UK. Walz begins his new job September first.