era in engineering to begin at Washington University<p>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox" contenteditable="false"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read abdb52fc-e2f3-4ad0-9502-27fc91fb9fc7" id="div_abdb52fc-e2f3-4ad0-9502-27fc91fb9fc7" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_abdb52fc-e2f3-4ad0-9502-27fc91fb9fc7" unselectable="on" style="display: none;"></div></div><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/131101_sjh_jim_mckelvey_53.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Furthering its strong trajectory as a leader in research and innovation, the Engineering school at Washington University in St. Louis is taking a major leap forward and reaffirming its commitment to tackling the world’s great engineering challenges with renewed vigor, an ambitious strategic vision <g class="gr_ gr_58 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="58" data-gr-id="58">and</g> a new name.<br/></p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science will be renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school.<br/> <br/>“The McKelvey name has become synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship in the St. Louis region and well beyond,” said Chancellor Mark Wrighton. “There is no better way to make a statement about what our Engineering school stands for than by giving it a name that represents being ahead of the curve and blazing a trail of creative problem solving through technology.<div><br/>“This is a historic milestone for the university and comes at a perfect time — when we are sharpening our efforts to advance innovation and entrepreneurship, coupling science with technology in all fields from computer science to biomedical engineering and attacking global challenges such as energy and the environment. We are tremendously grateful to Jim for this investment, which expands the significant contributions the McKelvey family has made to this institution.”<div><br/>The commitment will be used to fund endowed scholarships and professorships, as well as the dean’s highest priorities for advancing the school and its impact on lives and communities in St. Louis and around the world. In particular, the commitment will allow the school to create educational and research programs that integrate computing with the humanities, social sciences, arts <g class="gr_ gr_72 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="72" data-gr-id="72">and</g> other disciplines, and it will support the school’s effort to enhance the region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition to major support for facilities, McKelvey Jr.’s past giving includes scholarships and general support for the Engineering school.<br/></div><div><br/></div><div> <blockquote>“Under the strong leadership of Dean Aaron Bobick, the Engineering school is positioned for true greatness, and this is the right time to step forward with this investment,” McKelvey Jr. said. “Engineering fields are moving at an exponential growth rate, and to keep up with that requires tremendous investment of resources: human, physical and financial.”</blockquote>“This is a great day for the School of Engineering and for the university,” said Chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin. “We are embarking on a new era that builds on the momentum and energy under Dean Bobick’s leadership. We will unleash the tremendous potential of our smart and talented students and faculty and see where their talents will take us in the new world of technology and innovation. Thanks to the unwavering generosity and support of the entire McKelvey family, the possibilities are limitless. We are profoundly grateful.”<br/>  <br/>McKelvey Jr.’s family — including his wife, Anna; his father, James McKelvey Sr., an alumnus and iconic former dean of the Engineering school; his late mother, Edith McKelvey; and his stepmother, alumna Judith McKelvey, MD — has a long legacy of dedication to Washington University. “We are a Washington University family through and through,” McKelvey Jr. said. “This university has meant so much to us, and it is my privilege to continue our role in providing for the Engineering school’s future.”<br/> <br/>“We are extraordinarily grateful to Jim Jr. and his family for their incredible history of generosity to the Engineering school. Particularly now, while we stand poised to truly transform our approach to research, innovation <g class="gr_ gr_60 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="60" data-gr-id="60">and</g> learning, this new commitment will allow us to advance the McKelvey School of Engineering into the next tier of top engineering programs in this country and the world,” said Bobick, who also is the James M. McKelvey Professor.</div><div><br/>  <blockquote>“This tremendous gift creates new opportunities for our students and faculty to tackle the world’s greatest engineering challenges, and to dramatically expand computing throughout the university. At the same time, it helps ensure that a diverse population of students will have access to a world-class engineering education and enable the school to be a catalyst for economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond,” said Bobick. <br/></blockquote> <br/>Founded in 1857, Washington University’s Engineering school promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation <g class="gr_ gr_66 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="66" data-gr-id="66">and</g> collaboration without boundaries. With top-ranked research programs in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering <g class="gr_ gr_67 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="67" data-gr-id="67">and</g> computer science, the school attracts many of the best students from around the world to its 40 different degree programs. The school recently launched several new graduate programs, including an interdisciplinary doctoral program in imaging science, one of only two such programs in the United States; an innovative doctoral program that combines data sciences with social work, political science and psychological and brain sciences; and a new master’s program in cybersecurity engineering. New bachelor’s programs include environmental engineering, a joint business <g class="gr_ gr_68 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="68" data-gr-id="68">and</g> computer science degree, and a joint math and computer science degree. Key components of the university’s current east end campus transformation include two major facilities for engineering: James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall (to open in 2020) for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and other computational programs, and Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall (to open in 2019) for the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. Since 2000, the school has invested more than $250 million in new and renovated space, which includes 700,000 square feet in the new engineering complex.<br/> <br/>McKelvey Hall was made possible by a $15 million commitment from McKelvey Jr. in 2016 to honor his father who, during his 27 years as dean, transformed the Engineering school from a regional program into a nationally prominent research institution. McKelvey greatly strengthened the quality of the undergraduate and graduate curricula, particularly in emerging fields including computer science; significantly increased both undergraduate and graduate student enrollment; expanded the faculty; dramatically increased federal and other research funding; and grew the endowment for the school more than tenfold from $4 million to nearly $52 million. He also oversaw a remarkable expansion of the school’s footprint on the Danforth Campus.</div><div><br/> <div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em;">About Jim McKelvey Jr.</span><br/>Jim McKelvey Jr. is a successful serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Square, <g class="gr_ gr_56 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="56" data-gr-id="56">a revolutionary</g> financial services and mobile payment company credited with empowering businesses of all sizes around the globe.<br/> <br/>McKelvey Jr. is an independent director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve but is better known for his involvement in several St. Louis­-based startups, including Six Thirty (co-founder), LaunchCode (founder), Third Degree Glass Factory (co-founder), Mira Publishing (founded when he was a Washington University student) and Square, the company he founded in 2009 with Jack Dorsey. He also is the author of “The Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing,” the leading textbook for novice glassblowers.<br/> <br/>As a child, McKelvey Jr. spent formative time at the Engineering school with his father during his tenure as dean. He applied early decision to Washington University and enrolled in 1983, graduating in 1987 with degrees in economics and computer science. While a student, McKelvey Jr. wrote two computer programming textbooks.<br/> <br/>In 2012, the Engineering school presented McKelvey Jr. with its Alumni Achievement Award to recognize his groundbreaking entrepreneurship. In 2017, the university recognized him with the Robert S. Brookings Award, which honors individuals for their extraordinary dedication and generosity to Washington University. In addition to currently serving as a university trustee, he also has served as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors. <br/></div></div></div>​<span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>McKelvey Family<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img class="ms-rtePosition-3" src="/news/PublishingImages/131101_sjh_jim_mckelvey_53.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></strong> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong>​Jim McKelvey Jr.</strong><br rtenodeid="69"/></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="color: #343434; padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434;"><li>Serial entrepreneur<br/></li><li>Co-founder of Square<br/></li><li>Wrote two computer programming books while in school<br/></li><li>WashU BS '87 — economics and computer science<br/></li></ul></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img src="/news/PublishingImages/James%20McKelvey.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/>​ </strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="text-align: center; color: #343434;"><a href="/news/Pages/Using-bacteria-to-create-a-water-filter-that-kills-bacteria.aspx"> </a><strong>James McKelvey Sr.</strong></span><br/></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="color: #343434; padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434;"><li>WashU MS '47, PhD '50 — chemical engineering<br/></li><li>WashU Engineering Dean for 27 years<br/></li></ul></div></div></span>​​  ​ <br/><br/>Jim McKelvey Jr. has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in engineering education at Washington University. (Photo: Sid Hastings/Washington University)Julie Hail Flory​Renamed McKelvey School of Engineering will take innovation, technology and academics to new heights <p>​Renamed McKelvey School of Engineering will take innovation, technology and academics to new heights  <br/></p> WashU Engineering stories of 2018<p>​WashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2018. Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2018:<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202018.jpg?RenditionID=12" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="newsauthor"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Deans-Podcast-Engineering-the-Future.aspx" style="font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em; background-color: #ffffff; color: #9e0918; outline: 0px;">1. Engineering the Future: The Future of Energy</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div>The first episode of Dean Aaron Bobick’s new podcast features Professors Vijay Ramani and Rich Axelbaum.</div><div><br/></div><div class="newsauthor"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="/news/Pages/New-faculty-join-School-of-Engineering--Applied-Science-.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; font-family: "libre baskerville", "times new roman", serif; font-size: 1.25em;">2. New faculty join School of Engineering & Applied Science</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">A diverse group of new faculty joins the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, bringing the total number to 96.5 during the 2018-2019 academic year.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Cancer-immunotherapy-target-of-WashU-mechanobiology-research.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. Cancer immunotherapy target of WashU mechanobiology research</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">One of the latest treatments for cancer is immunotherapy, which involves genetically modifying a patient’s own immune cells to fight tumor growth and spread. An engineer and an immunology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis are collaborating to find a better way to prepare and treat these immune cells to maximize their effectiveness in patients.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Sinopoli-named-chair-of-WashU-electrical-systems-engineering.aspx">4. Sinopoli named chair of WashU electrical & systems engineering</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Sinopoli represents 'a new generation of electrical engineers'<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/In-the-media-WashU-startup-SentiAR-Inc--awarded-$2-2M-NIH-grant.aspx">5. In the media: WashU startup SentiAR Inc. awarded $2.2M NIH grant</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">SentiAR Inc., a startup that spun out of Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Medicine and School of Engineering last year, has been getting a lot of media attention.<br/><br/></div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/New-imaging-technique-to-use-bioinspired-camera-to-study-tendon,-ligament-damage-.aspx">6. New imaging technique <g class="gr_ gr_46 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="46" data-gr-id="46">use</g> <g class="gr_ gr_44 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="44" data-gr-id="44">bioinspired</g> camera to study tendon, ligament damage</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor"><g class="gr_ gr_45 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="45" data-gr-id="45">Camera</g> uses polarized light to measure changes in ligament often injured by baseball pitchers<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/A-first-look-at-McKelvey-Hall.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">7. A first look at McKelvey Hall</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">It’s the final piece of the East End Transformation at Washington University in St. Louis, and new renderings of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall demonstrate how the building will incorporate seamlessly into the project.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Bigger-proteins,-stronger-threads-Biosynthetic-spider-silk-Fuzhong-Zhang-Biomacromolecules.aspx">8. Bigger proteins, stronger threads: Synthetic spider silk</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Engineering scientists use bacteria to create biosynthetic silk threads stronger and tougher than before<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Making-sense-pictures-of-medical-data-Alvitta-Ottley.aspx">9. Making sense of pictures, medical data</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Improved visual communication with patients could lead to more informed health-care choices.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Hopeful-technology-could-change-detection-diagnosis-of-deadly-ovarian-cancer.aspx">10. 'Hopeful technology' could change detection, diagnosis of deadly ovarian cancer</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Ovarian cancer claims the lives of more than 14,000 women in the U.S. each year, ranking fifth among cancer deaths in women. A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis <g class="gr_ gr_41 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="41" data-gr-id="41">has</g> found an innovative way to use sound and light, or photoacoustic, imaging to diagnose ovarian tumors, which may lead to a promising new diagnostic imaging technique to improve <g class="gr_ gr_40 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="40" data-gr-id="40">current</g> standard of care for patients with ovarian cancer. <br/></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>#washuengineers top social media posts of the year<br/></h3><div><strong></strong></div><div><p><strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Engineering alumnus Bob Behnken chosen as one of NASA's astronauts who will fly spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.</a><br/></p><p><strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Who earned the first U.S. medal of the 2018 @Paralympics? A WashU engineer — Kendall Gretsch '14!</a><br/></p><p><strong>instagram: </strong><a href="">Catch 'em if you can. More rain in #STL now... #WashU #cherryblossoms</a><br/></p></div></div><p><br/></p>2018-12-17T06:00:00ZWashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2018. These are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2018. named senior member of AAAI<img alt="Yevgeniy Vorobeychik" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Eugene%20Vorobeychik.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, associate professor computer science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).  </p><p>A new faculty member within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Vorobeychik was recognized for his achievements in the field of artificial intelligence and for his long-term participation in the AAAI.  </p>Founded in 1979, the AAAI aims to advance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. <p><br/></p>Danielle Lacey2018-12-07T06:00:00ZYevgeniy Vorobeychik, associate professor computer science, has been recognized for his achievements in the field of artificial intelligence and his contributions to the AAAI. Expert: Work vs. private email — even at the White House<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Crowley_Patrick.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>​Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plan to  investigate the use of private email services at the White House, in the wake of news regarding Ivanka Trump’s email trail, and it  may have some people asking, What’s the big deal?</p>Maybe you’ve intentionally or accidentally sent an email containing work information from your Yahoo or Gmail account. To a Washington University in St. Louis cybersecurity expert, there is a reason many companies’ workplace rules forbid employees from sending work-related emails from a private account: security risks.  <br/><br/>And the consequences of breaking the rules intentionally or accidentally can be all the more perilous when that employee works for the federal government.<div><br/>“The security risk is really a loss of control over who has access to that info,” according to <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Patrick-Crowley.aspx?_ga=2.154460095.645756809.1543251135-757045394.1533662676">Patrick Crowley</a>, professor of computer science & engineering at the Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science. </div><div><br/>Crowley, who is also the founder and chief technology officer of a cybersecurity firm, said there is always a risk that an employee can lose control over who has access to their information if it’s not sent over a secure email system. When a person sends an email using Yahoo, for instance, the email is first sent to a Yahoo server before being delivered to the intended recipient. </div><div><br/><blockquote>“If that third-party service got hacked and some criminal broke into their system and started stealing attachments, or an employee abusing privileges and sifting through emails, that would be bad,” Crowley said.<br/></blockquote></div><div>“We only want to share information that’s appropriate to share,” Crowley said. “When someone is using a personal email account to share personal news or information, it is up to that person to decide what’s appropriate.”</div><div><br/>At work, however, an employee typically agrees to adhere to the rules about who owns what information, what can be shared outside of the company and what information must remain internal. There also is usually technology in place to detect when sensitive information has been wrongfully shared.</div><div><br/>In contrast to a personal email account, Crowley said, “when you’re using work email and sharing work information, it’s generally subject to rules beyond your own personal judgement.”<div><br/>For the the extremely special and sensitive case of federal employees and officials — particularly those who have access to or work with defense or intelligence operations — “the rules, expectations and indeed the laws around classification and who can share what information are very, very real.”<div><br/>Crowley may be reached for further comment at <a href=""></a>.</div><div><br/><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p></div></div></div>CrowleyBrandie Jefferson can lose control over who has access to their information if it’s not sent over a secure email system<p>​Employees can lose control over who has access to their information if it’s not sent over a secure email system<br/></p> the media: Uber report looks to rebuild goodwill with regulators<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Uber has taken its biggest step yet towards the resumption of testing autonomous cars after a deadly crash, publishing a lengthy new report about its safety efforts that it hopes will rebuild goodwill with regulators. </p><p>But some critics say that the ride-hailing company still has a long way to go before its self-driving cars are ready to share roads with human drivers.  </p><p>...<br/></p><p>The increasing number of self-driving cars on public roads could accelerate demand for more systematic regulation, said Sanjoy Baruah, an engineering professor at Washington University in St Louis. </p><p>“There is a strong likelihood that if testing on public infrastructure continues and other bad things happen there will be a strong consensus for developing some standardisation or documentation for safe practices in the industry,” he said. </p><p>Public road testing under the right conditions will ultimately improve the safety of autonomous technology, Prof Baruah said, pointing to Waymo’s plans to begin testing fully driverless cars near its Silicon Valley headquarters. </p><p>“Google has done a lot of mapping and data gathering of the areas around their offices. These are cars that are going out in driverless mode in what is a relatively safe environment . . . because there is so much data. The risks are considerably lower, therefore they are able to do more testing and the more experiments they do the more effective these systems are.” <br/></p><p><a href="">>> Read the full article on Financial Times</a><br/></p><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Sanjoy Baruah<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Baruah_Sanjoy.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434; color: #343434;"><li>Professor</li><li>Research: scheduling theory; real-time and safety-critical system design; computer networks; resource allocation and sharing in distributed computing environments<br/></li></ul></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Sanjoy-Baruah.aspx">>> ​View Bio</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="">>> Computer Science & Engineering</a>​<br/></div></div></span><br/>© Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesTim Bradshaw and Shannon Bond, Financial Times say company still has a long way to go with self-driving car safety<p>​Critics say company still has a long way to go with self-driving car safety<br/><a href="">>> Read the full article on Financial Times</a><br/></p>