Thayer School of Engineering recently announced the establishment of the Charles E. Hutchinson '68A Professorship in Innovation, funded by a gift from John H. Krehbiel Jr. to recognize and reward faculty members who are dedicated teachers and whose scholarship has made significant contributions to the advancement of interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as to honor the achievements of Professor and Dean, Emeritus, Charles Hutchinson.
Hutchinson served as dean of Thayer School from 1984 until 1994, and again from 1997 to 1998. Throughout his tenure, the Thayer School Board of Overseers was chaired by Krehbiel, and the two men worked closely together during a period of growth and innovation in Dartmouth's engineering program.
Hutchinson oversaw a major facilities renovation to Cummings Hall in the late 1980s, leading the effort to raise $40 million for the engineering school. He established the Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) program, with an innovative curriculum that immerses students in an integrated approach to the engineering design and technology management processes.
As Dean Emeritus and the John H. Krehbiel Sr. Professor for Emerging Technologies, Hutchinson directed the M.E.M. program and developed and taught courses in electrical engineering, design, total quality management, and emerging technologies. In 2000, with Associate Professor of Engineering Tillman U. Gerngross, Hutchinson founded the biotechnology company GlycoFi Inc., which quickly became a leader in the field of yeast glycoengineering and optimization of biologic drug molecules. He served as CEO of GlycoFi Inc. until it was acquired by Merck in spring 2006. Now "retired" for the fourth or fifth time, "Hutch," as he is known to the Dartmouth community, is returning once again to teaching and will develop another new course in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship for Dartmouth engineering students.
Thayer School's program prepares graduates who are grounded in both the theoretical and practical aspects of engineering, and thus requires faculty who are both top researchers and excellent teachers. The new professorship will help Thayer School continue to recruit and retain faculty who can contribute to the school's curricular development and the educational experience of engineering students in measures equal to Hutchinson's contributions.
By CATHA LAMM
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Last Updated: 12/17/08