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Dr. Janelle Leger Appointed as CSE Dean

Janelle Leger

WWU Professor of Physics and Astronomy Janelle Leger has been selected to serve a fixed-term appointment as the dean of Western’s College of Science and Engineering.

Provost Brent Carbajal is excited by what Leger will bring to the role, including her depth of experience at Western and her commitment to furthering the College’s ADEI efforts.

“Having served as Director of the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC) and currently as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. Leger is possessed of a solid administrative acumen, complemented by a strong belief in collaborative approaches and community building,” Carbajal said.

Leger began working at Western in 2008, starting as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemistry and moving up to professor in 2016. She served as director of AMSEC from 2017 to 2019 and has been chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 2019.

"I am honored that I have been trusted with the leadership of Western's College of Science and Engineering during this critical time of transition and growth,” she said. “I'm most excited about the opportunity to support and amplify the already amazing work being done by our world-class faculty, staff, and students, including award-winning teaching, nationally recognized research with graduate and undergraduate students, and a deep commitment to providing inclusive and accessible opportunities in STEM for students in the state of Washington and beyond."

Read more in Western Today


Meet the 2022 Outstanding Graduates from the College of Science and Engineering

2022 outstanding graduates

More than 60 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2021-22 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The Outstanding Graduates from the College of Sciences and Engineering include: 

Robert Butnar, Manufacturing Engineering

Juliana Covarrubias, Plastics and Composites Engineering

Forest Hart Easley, Mathematics

Elliott Khilfeh, Physics and Astronomy

Kate McConnell, Chemistry

Rose Solway, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dani Sprague, Computer Science

Katie Stelling, Geology

Dylan Willis, Industrial Design

Courtney Yoshiyama, Biology

Learn more about the graduates and their plans for the future on Western Today.

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