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SPRING 2015 INITIATION CEREMONY
The Spring 2015 initiation ceremony was held on April 12, 2015 and featured Dr. Lori M. Bruce as the keynote speaker. Dr. Lori Mann Bruce received the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Bruce is currently a Giles Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. As Dean, she is responsible for providing leadership and academic oversight for the approximately 3500 graduate students enrolled in more than 160 graduate programs.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Bruce has served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Bagley College of Engineering, Associate Director of the Geosystems Research Institute and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. As a faculty member, her research endeavors have been focused on advanced digital signal processing methodologies for exploitation of high-dimensional datasets, with particular emphasis on hyperspectral remote sensing. She has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on more than 20 funded research grants and contracts, totaling approximately $20 million from federal agencies. As a faculty member, she has taught 45 sections of 17 different engineering courses and has successfully advised, as major professor or thesis/dissertation committee member, 75 Ph.D. and Masterís students. Her research has resulted in over 130 refereed publications. Her research in remote sensing for agricultural and environmental applications has been presented to audiences across the US and in 15 countries.
Fall 2014 INITIATION CEREMONY
The Fall 2014 initiation ceremony will be held on November 9, 2014 and featured Dr. Peter Ryan as the keynote speaker. Dr. Peter Ryan serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Mississippi State University. He joined the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President in August, 2009 as the Vice President Intern for Academic Affairs and was appointed Interim Associate Provost in April 2010 before being appointed the position of Associate Provost in May, 2011. Dr. Ryanís responsibilities include among others, management of international academic agreements and study abroad policies, oversight for the Academic Common Market, coordination of the self-study review process for academic departments, supervision of new faculty development and resolution of student academic issues. Dr. Ryan received his B. A. in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Dublin, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada.
Dr. Ryan has held appointments as a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University and as a visiting scholar at Princeton University before joining the faculty at MSU in 1999. He is a professor in the Departments of Animal and Dairy Sciences and Pathology and Population Medicine. He has served as the coordinator of the Animal Physiology Graduate Program from 2000-2013. His research is in the area of reproductive physiology with a major focus on uterine pathogenesis and pre-term delivery using domestic animals as models for the human condition. His research has been supported by the NIH, NSF, USDA and other public and private sources, and he continues to be active in this area.
Dr. Ryan is Co-Director of the Facilities for Organismal and Cellular Imaging that utilizes bioluminescent, fluorescent, ultrasound and digital thermal imaging technologies to investigate physiological events in living systems in real time and over time.