Tulane professor to be NSF dean-in-residence

Brian Mitchell, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Tulane University, has been named the Council of Graduate Schools/National Science Foundation Dean-in-Residence for 2015-16.

Mitchell, who served as Tulane’s associate provost for graduate studies and research from 2006 to 2014, will assume the position Feb. 1. He will be on leave from Tulane for about a year.

The dean-in-residence program supports communications between senior graduate education leaders and the NSF. Mitchell will share with the CGS and NSF the perspectives and practical experience of a senior administrator at a research university, while collaborating with the NSF to help plan future NSF programs and activities.

“Dr. Mitchell’s experience in graduate education is both broad and deep,” CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega said. “His particular experience establishing interdisciplinary graduate programs, collaborating on international research projects and overseeing the training of graduate teaching assistants are just a few of the areas where he will be able to facilitate communication between CGS member institutions and NSF.”

After receiving his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991, Mitchell conducted research in numerous positions, including at the German Aerospace Agency and the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Germany. His primary research areas are nanostructured materials and materials processing.

Loyola MBA program to hold open house

The MBA program at the Loyola University College of Business will hold an open house and informational session next week.

Students will be able to learn about two new programs introduced this past fall: the fast-track one-year MBA and the part-time professional MBA, allowing students to graduate with a specialization track.

Recent graduates have obtained advanced professional appointments in companies such as General Electric, General Motors, Shell and many others.

The open house will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in Room 112 of Miller Hall on Loyola’s main campus. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments followed by an informational and question session with MBA faculty and staff.

Registration for the open house is recommended but not required. Loyola’s MBA $50 application fee will be waived for any open house attendee.

For more information on the MBA program, contact Christina Morales at mba@loyno.edu.

UNO to offer new transportation degree

The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a new Master of Science in Transportation degree at the University of New Orleans, making it the first degree of its kind in the state. The program, to launch in the fall, will also be one of the first in the United States that will train students in multimodal freight and passenger transportation systems.

“This program will fill a vital need in training Louisiana residents to advance in a well-paid industry with an abundance of job opportunities,” said John Renne, director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. UNO Transportation Institute. “The transportation industry is one of the fastest-growing in the state, and it has an average salary of nearly $70,000 in the metro New Orleans area.”

The new degree program will be designed for working professionals seeking career advancement. It will be offered in a hybrid online and on-campus format, similar to many other executive master’s degree programs. The program will be 33 credits, including an 18-hour credit core.

Students will choose among three specializations: transportation planning, transportation administration or a self-directed concentration. Students will also complete a six-credit capstone or thesis option.

Loyola Law School to honor Xavier president

Norman Francis, who in 1955 became the first African-American to graduate from the Loyola University College of Law and is retiring this year as the longest-tenured university president in the U.S., is the recipient of the 2015 St. Ives Award, the highest honor awarded by the College of Law Alumni Association.

The award, named for the patron saint of lawyers, is presented annually to alumni who have volunteered services to the College of Law or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession and furthered the mission of the alumni association.

Francis will be honored at the College of Law Alumni Luncheon on Feb. 6 at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St. For information on attending, contact Allison Hotard at (504) 861-5741.

“Loyola University contributed to my growth and development at an important time of my life. I will never forget the privilege to be educated with my remarkable colleagues and the courageous mentors and supporters, all of whom are part of this recognition,” Francis said.

A 1952 graduate of Xavier, Francis returned to his alma mater in 1957 — after attending Loyola’s College of Law and serving two years in the U.S. Army — to begin his administrative career as dean of men. He was appointed as the university’s first lay president in 1968. He announced last year that he will retire this June.