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Published: 12/4/2017 11:09:26 AM
HCC names new science, math and engineering dean

HOLYOKE — OlugbemigaAdekunle has been named the new dean of science, engineering and mathematics at Holyoke Community College.

Adekunle, 37, who lives in Holyoke with his wife, Martha, and two young children, had previously worked at Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia as a computer science professor and associate dean of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and English.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in instructional design and technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Adukenle spent three summers as a research fellow at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to gain experience in systems engineering.

Adekunle, whose parents moved to the United States from Nigeria before he was born, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and later in Baltimore, Maryland.

Business leader joins Clarke Schools board

NORTHAMPTON — Michael Straubel of Philadelphia is the newest trustee at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. Straubel joins the board with more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, which includes working with national nonprofit organizations on fiduciary best practices and investment stewardship for foundations and endowments.

Outside of his professional roles, Straubel has chaired Clarke’s leadership council in Philadelphia since 2015, spearheading Clarke supporters in advocacy and fundraising efforts.

Straubel has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree in financial services from St. Joseph’s University.

Professor Miller Pollin Receives Award of Excellence

AMHERST — Sigrid Miller Pollin, professor of architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, received a 2017 Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architecture last month.

Pollin, an American Institute of Architects fellow and principal of Miller Pollin Architecture, is nationally recognized for her work in promoting aesthetically innovative and sustainable designs. Her most recent work, Crotty Hall, is UMass Amherst’s first net-zero energy building, designed to produce as much energy as it consumes. Named in honor of James and Pamela Crotty, the 16,800-square-foot building houses the university’s economics department.

Since joining the UMass Amherst faculty in 1998 as a professor of architecture, Pollin has been instrumental in developing the master of architecture program, and inspiring a holistic design approach among students.

Pollin’s honors include the AIA New England Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture (2013), the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (2010), and the UMass Amherst Chancellor’s Award for Creative Activity (2010).

UMass professors named fellows of the AAAS

AMHERST — Two University of Massachusetts Amherst professors, Angelika Kratzer, linguistics, and Prashant Shenoy, computer science, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

Kratzer’s research focuses on formal semantics, a subdiscipline of linguistics with close ties to philosophy of language, logic and cognitive psychology.

Shenoy’s research focuses on distributed systems and networking, with a recent emphasis on cloud and green computing.

New AAAS fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin in February at the society’s 2018 annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Don Kilburn named CEO/UMassOnline

BOSTON — Don Kilburn, an online learning expert with nearly three decades of experience, has been named chief executive officer of UMass-Online. Kilburn, the former president of Pearson North America, will join the University of Massachusetts in January.

Prior to serving as president of Pearson North America, Kilburn was CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions and vice chairman of Pearson Higher Education. Before joining Pearson, Kilburn spent 12 years at Viacom and Simon & Schuster, where he held a number of senior executive positions.

In addition to scaling UMassOnline’s delivery of online courses and degree programs from the five UMass campuses, Kilburn will position UMassOnline for strategic growth by developing new offerings and delivery models for degree completion, credentialing and graduate certificate programs.

Five Colleges names new executive director

AMHERST — The board of directors of the Five College Consortium has appointed Sarah Pfatteicher to be its new executive director, succeeding Neal Abraham, who will retire after nine years at the helm of the higher ed collaboration. Pfatteicher is currently associate dean for academic affairs and a research professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pfatteicher attended Northfield-Mount Hermon School and graduated from Smith College before earning her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s held a variety of positions at the university and currently oversees more than 70 academic programs, services for 5,000 students and a budget of $2.3 million.

She has extensive experience in both academic and administrative efforts, having created new academic programs, led a major curriculum revision, coordinated strategic planning efforts and helped develop a blueprint for diversifying her college, all while teaching engineering courses.

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