Meeting with San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo, in June 2015.
Since moving to our new campus in spring, ITU has continued to grow in many ways. We welcomed an outstanding group of new students this trimester, and our alumni network has grown exponentially, as a result of our largest graduating class during this year’s commencement. We look forward to a productive, long-term relationship with our newest alumni in the years ahead, and we welcome our new and continuing students to an exciting trimester.
Earlier this month, Dr. Timothy Li was named Department Chair of our Engineering Management program. Dr. Li brings unparalleled experience in industry and education. After earning his Ph.D. from Purdue University, Dr. Li went on to hold key leadership roles in industry, with firms such as IBM and Motorola. He also gained experience in venture capital firms, as well as having a distinguished career in education, teaching emerging engineers and leaders from Peking University and Beijing University. He will bring a renewed, industry-relevant vision to this interdisciplinary program.
Dr. Karl Wang, a distinguished professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been appointed Provost and Chief Academic Officer of ITU. Dr. Wang, who earned his Ph.D. at MIT, brings a wealth of industry and educational leadership experience. A technological innovator in his own right, Dr. Wang holds several patents, including ones being developed here in ITU’s research labs. In his new role as Provost, Dr. Wang’s priority is to ensure that all our academic programs continue to be of the highest quality, as ITU develops and grows.
As a university, it is our responsibility is to ensure that students are receiving the needed knowledge and skills from their academic studies, which is then supplemented by internship experiences. We recognize the complex needs and challenges of our international students and have begun streamlining our processes to better serve their needs. Our new Director of the International Student Office, Jimmie White, has over 35 years of experience in the field, having served as the Assistant Dean at the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars. Mr. White has already been vital in strengthening the policies and procedures of our International Student Office, as well as ensuring our international students comply with all regulations in regard to internships.
This is an exciting time for ITU. We are continuing to develop our university and improve our industry-linked education model. With our new campus location in the heart of Silicon Valley, our outstanding new faculty and staff, and improvements in student-internship support, ITU is soaring on a positive trajectory.
Gregory O’Brien, Ph.D.
President of ITU