March 18, 2013
CONTACT: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461
BOTHELL, Wash. – A new school has been named at the University of Washington Bothell. The School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was formally approved by the University of Washington Board of Regents at its February meeting; the move was effective March 16.
The School of STEM was created in response to the need for a greater number of STEM graduates to meet the demands of industry in Washington. UW Bothell is the only university in the state of Washington that combines all of the STEM fields into one academic unit. The new school combines two existing programs – computing and software systems, and science and technology. To ensure the School of STEM is aligned with industry needs, it will rely on an advisory board comprised of representatives from Microsoft, Boeing, Phillips Healthcare, and other Puget Sound area scientific organizations.
“The designation of the School of STEM recognizes the growth and development of our science and technology programs over the past four years,” says Kenyon S. Chan, UW Bothell chancellor. “The new school will build on existing strengths and facilitate increased collaboration among faculty, staff, and students in curricula, research, and community partnerships.”
UW Bothell has been steadily increasing its STEM offerings in response to student and industry demand. Since 1998, UW Bothell has produced more than 1,000 graduates from the STEM fields. In that time, enrollment in the computing and software degrees has doubled. The university has added four bachelor of science degrees and two master’s degrees since 2009. Additional degrees in cyber security, chemistry, computer engineering and mechanical engineering will be added next year.
The school now serves more than 600 students and has 36 full-time and 14 part-time faculty. A new Science and Academic building (UWB 3) will open in 2014. The $68 million building will enable UW Bothell to enroll 1,000 more students annually.
School of STEM dean Elaine Scott says the new school will provide world-class science and technology instruction, with an emphasis on providing access to underserved populations. “We are working with our colleagues in the UW Bothell education program, along with partners in the K-12 system to encourage and equip young people from all backgrounds to consider a career in math, science, computing or engineering.”
The School of STEM is the third school to be established as part of UW Bothell’s ongoing transition to schools as its primary academic units. The education program and the nursing and health studies program are anticipated to transition to schools over the next three years.
New Deans Named
The UW Board of Regents also approved a proposal to formally name three deans to head the three schools at UW Bothell. At a university, a dean serves as academic leader of a school and is the bridge between the faculty and senior administration.
As a branch campus of the University of Washington, the University of Washington Bothell was created with academic programs, rather than schools. The proposal recognizes that the three schools “have now reached a maturity, size, support structure and status, with full potential for further growth to warrant their change of status to collegiate-level schools headed by deans.”
The three new deans are:
Bruce Burgett, Ph.D.,
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Elaine Scott, Ph.D.,
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.,
School of Business
Burgett, Krishnamurthy and Scott previously held the title of director of their respective programs.
For more information on the School of STEM, visit www.uwb.edu/stem.
About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell is one of three campuses of the University of Washington. With more than 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.