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It’s a bit late, but Happy New Year!

We have received positive feedback on this eNewsletter. We are going to a monthly schedule, but we will keep them shorter.

One of the articles in this issue highlights Prof. Sangwoo Shin from ME, who won a UH Mānoa internal competition to compete in the international Falling Walls event in Berlin! He is doing some amazing research; read about what he “pitched” in Berlin.

We also have an interview with Dr. Fujio Matsuda, reflecting on his very distinguished career. Among his many achievements, he was a former civil engineering professor and university president.

We are starting a new, ongoing feature providing brief updates on retired faculty. If you’ve ever wondered what some your old professors are up to, this is the source to visit! In this issue, we highlight one professor from each department.

I hope everyone finds something of interest in this newsletter. As always, please feel free to send me comments or suggestions for the next one.

Ron Riggs, PhD, PE
Interim Dean


 Fujio Matsuda

A conversation with Dr. Fujio Matsuda


Naftali Tolibas

Scholarship winner Naftali Tolibas


Professor Sangwoo Shin

Sangwoo Shin goes to Berlin



Where are they now?



Students earn professional certification before graduating!


  • Our 18th Annual Banquet is scheduled for April 19, 2018 in the Kalākaua Ballroom at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center from 5 – 9 pm. Invitation • Reply Card  More details to be posted under the Events section of the College’s website.
  • This semester’s Career Day will be on February 21, 2018 at Campus Center on the UH Mānoa campus from 1 – 4 pm.
  • Welcome to our newest faculty: Woochul Lee (ME)


Karla Zarate-Ramirez

One of the joys of my job is meeting alumni, donors and supporters of the College. If you have a story to share or if you would like to discuss how your philanthropic goals can make an impact at the College of Engineering, please contact me at (808) 956-2906 or

Karla Zarate-Ramirez, CFRE
UHF Executive Director of Development
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