Joe and Joani Halcomb’s $7 million gift to name the Department of Biomedical Engineering testifies to the power of influential relationships.
Computer science professor Ruigang Yang has forged a brilliant academic career through groundbreaking research in 3-D modeling. Now, he’s taking his models to the market.
Carey Buxton’s personal determination and love for her country has led to a thriving career where she had never thought to look for one: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
From leading a team of Google engineers to marinating in the culture of Peru, Stephen Parsons’ expansive interests and experiences have prepared him for a new job at Microsoft.
Message from the Dean
Shortly after I became dean in 2012, I set an ambitious goal: that the University of Kentucky would have a top 50 college of engineering by 2020. Everything we do springs from that goal. We work hard with the hope that our effort will make a difference.
But planning and striving can only take us so far. That is why when alumnus Joe Halcomb and his wife, Joani, agreed to make a $7 million gift that will transform the Department of Biomedical Engineering, I was elated. Their gift, coupled with a few other game-changing projects that will be announced soon, gives me the highest confidence that we are on the right track.
In this issue, I am pleased to announce the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering—the first named department at UK. I hope you will celebrate this momentous occasion with us and continue to envision an exciting future for the college.
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John Y. Walz