A message from Dean Donald Leo

A message from Dean Donald Leo

August 31, 2020

Dear Engineering Students,

I know I speak for our faculty and staff when I say we are excited to have restarted classes and have you back on campus. 

Thank You and Think Safety!

As we start the second full week of classes I want to thank you for all you are doing to maximize the health and safety of our campus community.  In the classes I teach, and as I walk the halls of Driftmier​, I see our engineering students doing what ​is need​ed to stay safe – wearing masks, keeping appropriate social distance, and sanitizing hands.

As a reminder,  please monitor your health on a daily basis and take time to submit your information to DawgCheck. You receive an email reminder from the university with this link each weekday morning.  At the moment​, engineering student participation in DawgCheck is equal to the university average, 15%, but I’m confident we can do better and serve as role models for the university on this important aspect of keeping our communities safe. 

​Instruction and Resources

As faculty we recognize this semester is a significantly different learning experience than you have been used to in the past.  In addition to the need for health and safety measures like social distancing and masks, we understand there is a period of adjustment associated with adapting to hybrid and remote learning.  Please stay in contact with your instructors and discuss with them any issues associated with the hybrid teaching model.  We are willing to listen and learn from you as we all adjust to new teaching methods this semester. Should you have any questions or concerns that extend beyond your classes, please click this link for a resource card with contact information for individuals and offices within our college and across campus.

A number of students have inquired about the availability of​ remote class and study areas in Driftmier and​ throughout campus.  I am pleased to report that both the university and the college have assembled information that will help you find space for remote learning.  For more information about classroom and common areas within Driftmier visit this link. To find outdoor and indoor study locations across campus, visit this link. 

Stay Strong

Ensuring your health and safety while providing an excellent engineering education continues to be our top priority.  Thank you again for starting the semester strong but please continue to be vigilant and mindful of the important measures we all must take as we progress through the semester.  ​Despite the challenging times, I am confident that with all of us doing our part, we can navigate this semester successfully.  Stay strong and Go Dawgs! 

Donald J. Leo, Ph.D.

Dean and UGA Foundation Professor in Engineering