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May 8, 2003

SMU Professor Appointed To National Academy Of Engineering Panel

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Geoffrey OrsakDALLAS (SMU) -- SMU Engineering Professor Geoffrey Orsak has been appointed to a 15-member blue ribbon panel comprised of some of the nation's top engineers and scientists to evaluate the U.S. Marine Corps science and technology programs.

The National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences named Orsak to the panel, which will convene in May in Washington, D.C. and submit its report to the federal government this fall.

Orsak is associate dean at SMU's School of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering. He also is executive director of the Institute for Engineering Education at SMU, a national center of excellence in innovative engineering education for students in kindergarten through graduate school.

Orsak, a 2001 KPMG High Tech Award recipient, also serves as director of The Infinity Project. Sponsored by Texas Instruments and SMU's School of Engineering, The Infinity Project helps school districts incorporate state-of-the-art engineering and advanced technology into high school curriculum.

In the past, Orsak is has been a member of the Defense Science Study Group, a program sponsored by the Department of Defense that introduces top young American science and engineering researchers to national security issues. Orsak also serves on a number of advisory boards including the executive committee of the Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium.