The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 9, 2003
June 9, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 37


Saluting Dean Ilene

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

A tribute reception for Ilene Busch-Vishniac, who is stepping down as dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, was held on June 2 at the Glass Pavilion on Homewood campus. Nearly 200 people attended the event, including President William R. Brody, Provost Steven Knapp, deans, faculty, staff and alumni. Sue Donaldson, professor and former dean of the School of Nursing, served as master of ceremonies.

Jim McGill, senior vice president for finance and administration; Ilene Busch-Vishniac, outgoing dean of the Whiting School of Engineering; and Wendy Brody, wife of President William R. Brody.

Busch-Vishniac, who came to Johns Hopkins in 1998 from the University of Texas at Austin, will step down at the end of her five-year term later this month and assume her faculty position as professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In honor of her tenure as dean, Busch-Vishniac was presented at the event with a Heritage Award from the Alumni Association, a book of tribute letters and a lectureship, the Ilene Busch-Vishniac Engineering Lecture for outstanding women in the engineering sciences. The purpose of the annual lecture is to highlight the intellectual contributions of the lecturers and to inspire young women to pursue degrees and careers in engineering.

At the close of the evening ceremony, attendees joined to sing a rendition of "The Johns Hopkins Ode."

Dean Ilene with husband Ethan Vishniac, professor in Physics and Astronomy.

James West, research professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with Dean Ilene.

Busch-Vishniac with Audrey Smith, vice president for human resources, and Rich Roca, director of APL.

Martha Hill, dean of the School of Nursing, with the guest of honor.