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In Memory of Dr. Arlan Norman
Dr. Arlan Norman, beloved founding Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology (now College of Science and Engineering) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 31, surrounded by his loving family.
Arlie impacted the lives of family, friends, students and colleagues. Throughout his life, he worked to inspire the best in innovation, curiosity and excellence in science education. Please consider honoring his memory with a gift to The Arlan Norman Award for Excellence, established in 2015, conceived and designed by him. In supporting Arlie's Fund, know your donation will make a difference.
In The News
Michael Seal, the founding director of Western's groundbreaking Vehicle Research Institute and a WWU faculty member for more than 35 years, passed away on Oct. 29 at the age of 84.
In 1969, Seal, who had just earned his doctorate from Texas A&M after completing his master's degree work at Western, was hired to teach drafting at what was then Western Washington State College. Although Western had no engineering technology program at the time, students heard about an urban vehicle design competition and were captivated by it. Their interest in and enthusiasm for the project would set in motion events that would give a new direction to technology research at Western and would eventually lead to the creation of the college’s Vehicle Research Institute (VRI). Read more about Mike's accomplishments in Western Today.
WWU alumni Anna Novack (Plastics and Composites Engineering, above) and Gina Kim (Manufacturing Engineering) are featured in a new video by the Skagit STEM Network, discussing their passions for their majors and how they plan to move forward in their careers. Both Novack and Kim were still students when the video was initially shot and graduated last spring. Watch the video here.