June 20, 2005
UVA is looking for some top notch scientists to add to its faculty in an effort to become a top research school in science and engineering.
Students looking to pursue a technical degree may soon be taking a harder look at the University of Virginia.
"We have a very strong program here and it's only going to get better," said Lloyd Harriott, the Chairman of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Professor Harriott has been working in his department for years now, and is hoping the new initiative will take the science and engineering departments to the next level. "We want people to think of the University of Virginia when they think of strong engineering programs."
Dr. Ariel Gomez, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies agrees with Harriott. "We want our sciences to achieve the same kind of prominence that our humanities have in the past."
Dr. Gomez is leading UVA's faculty recruitment effort and is confident adding prominent researchers to the faculty will be a plus for the University as a whole. "Great minds attract other great minds, and students are going to feel very attracted to outstanding individuals and their areas of expertise," said Gomez.
The school's Board of Visitors has already committed more than $120 million towards this initiative, and University officials expect to bring it to fruition over the next ten years. The University will be seeking researchers in fields like information technology, morphogenesis, global environmental sciences, and nanotechnology.