STUART APPOINTED DEAN OF THE FRANK BATTEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY AT OLD DOMINION …

Norfolk, Va., Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following an extensive national search, Old Dominion University announced that Ben Stuart has been named the eighth dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

Stuart, who has served as interim dean since June of 2019, will start his new appointment on Oct. 25. Under his leadership, while facing the challenges of the pandemic, the College has continued to build its research enterprise and revamped its academic programs to better serve the needs of students. The College also celebrated the appointment of five faculty as Fellows in their respective professional societies, and for the first time in the history of the College, the promotion of two women to the rank of professor.

“Ben Stuart is a thoughtful leader and distinguished scholar who cares deeply about engineering students,” President John R. Broderick said. “Under his leadership, I am confident that the

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Google AI head Jeff Dean urges college students: make society better

Google senior fellow Jeff Dean speaks at a 2017 event in China.

Source: Chris Wong | Google

Google’s top AI executive, Jeff Dean, told college students they should look to the events of 2020 for inspiration when deciding what they should pursue in their education and careers.

“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year with so many different things that are unusual or unexpected or very harmful from a society point of view and ecological point of view,” Dean said in a virtual fireside chat with college students Tuesday. “You have the pandemic, which has completely changed how we’re operating as societies, you have things like the George Floyd murder and the outrage justified from that. Then, you have things like the wildfire, which — I live in California and the sky two weeks ago was this apocalyptic orange.”

Dean said despite 2020 being an “unusual confluence of events,” he

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