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Q & A with Dean of the School of EMS William Law

William Law
William Law, New Dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Dr. William Law joined the Purdue Calumet family last fall as dean of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (EMS) and professor of biological sciences.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Secondary Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. and also earned a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Law recently discussed his first few months at Purdue University Calumet.

What has impressed you most about Purdue Calumet?

“Everyone I have met has impressed me with the depth of their commitment to students. The warmth and friendliness of faculty, students, staff, and administrators have been enormously helpful in my transition back to the Midwest. I am impressed by the opportunities that abound here, and the willingness of everyone to move in new directions.”

What have been your key focal points of attention within the School of EMS?

“My attention is, and will continue to be, focused on ensuring an environment where student success is fostered, faculty and staff are supported to pursue their passions, and we all work together to serve our communities.

I am actively seeking partnership opportunities in the community, development of a mechanism for students to have a voice with my office, and developing clear pathways to careers and professional development that build upon the strengths already in EMS.”

In response to the challenges of 21st century society, what is the most important contribution the School of EMS can make?

“STEM has become the recognized acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, STEM expertise is delivered by the internationally-respected faculty of our five departments.

They have a proven record of scholarship, community outreach, and dedication to providing educational opportunities to the next generation. These disciplines form much of the intellectual foundation needed for an advanced society and our nation’s ability to compete successfully on the world stage of the 21st century. To succeed in this new technologically-confident world, all students must develop their STEM capabilities to levels beyond what was considered acceptable in the past. We are here to enable this success through an accessible and affordable education.”