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2015 Commencement Speaker

IVC was recently named to host the construction of the Team Orange Solar House for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team Orange is comprised of Irvine Valley College; Saddleback College; the University of California, Irvine; and Chapman University. This is the first year that community colleges have been included in the competition.

Thousands of students and visitors from around the world will visit the Orange County’s Great Park from October 8-18, 2015 for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015 competition. Through the leadership of Dean Gregory Washington, Team Orange is sure to be a major contender.

Dr. Gregory WashingtonDr. Gregory Washingon

Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine

Dean Gregory N. Washington, Ph.D., joined The Henry Samueli School of Engineering in August 2011. Prior to his arrival at UC Irvine, he served as the interim dean for the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, where he provided visionary leadership, oversight and management for one of the nation’s largest and highest ranked engineering programs.

He joined the faculty at OSU in 1995, became the associate dean for research in 2005 and then was appointed interim dean in 2008. As a professor of mechanical engineering, his research is in the design and control of smart material systems, the design and control of hybrid electric vehicles and the design of smart electromagnetic systems.

Washington has been involved in multidomain research for the last 20 years. His core area of interest lies in the area of dynamic systems, with an emphasis on modeling and control of smart material systems and devices. He has been involved in the design and control of mechanically actuated antennas, advanced automotive systems incorporating smart materials, hybrid electric vehicles, and structural position and vibration control with smart materials.

He has conducted research for a host of organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, General Motors Company, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Office; and has served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, NSF Engineering Advisory Committee, Institute for Defense Analyses and numerous other boards.

Washington accumulated a long list of research and teaching awards from OSU, including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education and the Lumley Research Award. He also is the recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Washington holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University.


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