Leah Jamieson

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Purdue’s College of Engineering has hired a researcher renowned as something of a “whiz kid” to be its new dean.

Mung Chiang comes to Purdue from Princeton, where he’s taught electrical engineering and researched electronic communication methods.

Chiang turns 40 this year and has won several awards given to young engineering researchers. But he says he’s not focusing on how much time he’s spent in the field.

Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar latest addition to Purdue

Oct 18, 2013
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A spaceship has landed at Purdue. Boeing donated a model of its X-20 Dyna-Soar Hypersonic Space Plane to the university. A dedication ceremony was held Friday afternoon at Armstrong Hall.

The X-20 Dyna-Soar was a one-man, piloted, space glider created in the late 1950s, but it never flew.

Dean of Engineering Leah Jamieson says it still contributed to the U.S. space program.

"It provided significant engineering technology and advancements that contributed to the future of spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle."

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A five-year plan for the College of Engineering at Purdue includes hiring more faculty and staff who are women and minorities. That’s one part of the effort to add 107 professors.

Leah Jamieson, the John Edwardson Dean of Engineering, says women are nearly 16% of the college’s faculty now, while under-represented minorities are 7% of the total. She says most of this year will be spent developing a strategy for hiring.