After 12 consecutive years, Dr. Sharon Kingsland has given the “Chair” over to Dr. Maria Portuondo. Thank you Dr. Kingsland for all of your years of service! Dr. Portuondo, happy chairing!
The department is pleased to welcome Dr. Joris Mercelis as assistant professor starting July 1. Dr. Mercelis is a historian of modern technology, especially technology related to chemical industries, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ghent.
Faculty, alumni and current graduate students celebrated the 50th anniversary of the department both at the HSS meeting in Chicago and at SHOT’s meeting in Dearborn, held on the same weekend in November 2015. The Department was formally approved in January 1964, with Harry Woolf as chair.