In April, Dean S. David Wu announced he’d be stepping down over the summer and joining George Mason University as its executive vice president and provost. After 27 years as a Lehigh engineering professor, research director, and dean, he mentioned on several occasions that he felt his connection to Lehigh would exist forever.
During the council’s dinner at the President’s House, EAC chair Andy Greenawalt ‘76G, ‘04P surprised David with the announcement of a newly-created endowed scholarship in his name and a plaque inscribed as follows: "In honor of his 27 years of dedicated service to Lehigh University, the Engineering Advisory Council is establishing the S. David Wu Scholarship."
"This totally unexpected honor indeed makes my connection to Lehigh permanent," says David. "I find it a bit overwhelming that the Council members would take it upon themselves to put something like this together, and it reflects this group’s commitment to Lehigh Engineering. I am enormously grateful for the assistance and guidance that they have afforded to me during my tenure as dean, and I’m confident their unwavering support will continue to lead the College in new and exciting directions."
According to Andy, the Council believes that David’s vision for the College, coupled with his keen ability to partner with colleagues across a wide range of perspectives and experience, has led to many positive developments on campus.
"He's an incredibly talented leader and collaborator," says Andy. "The Council felt that creating a scholarship in David’s name was a meaningful way of recognizing his impact upon the University, while making the Lehigh experience possible for deserving students. We're proud to have partnered with David in key growth areas such as healthcare, energy and infrastructure, and data analytics, as well as a myriad of distinctive interdisciplinary programs that set Lehigh apart from other schools. We look forward to continuing this important work with Dan and the rest of the College."
Dean Wu will be succeeded in July by Daniel Lopresti, professor and chair of the department of computer science and engineering, who will serve as interim dean of the college. Lopresti came to Lehigh in 2003, and his research examines fundamental algorithmic and systems-related questions in pattern recognition, bioinformatics, and computer security. Lopresti also serves as director of the Lehigh Pattern Recognition Research (PatRec) Lab and was named department chair in July 2009.