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The Sukhmander Singh Endowed Professorship:

So You Want This Choice Position?

Asked what Singh-like characteristics the next holder of the Singh Endowed Chair should possess, his fans have no shortage of suggestions: 

They should be inclusive, willing to speak up, and encourage others to succeed, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. And have a laser focus on the university’s mission of caring for others and serving the greater good.

Patti Simone, Psychology Professor/Assistant Director (Neuroscience)


Be very supportive. 

Rachel He, Associate Professor (Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering)


They should be extremely engaged with our students and they should exemplify Cura Personalis for all.

Elaine Scott, Dean (School of Engineering)


Be willing to work with students and be there for them, and be accommodating when they need it. Be really excited to teach about soil—and remember, it's soil, don't ever call it dirt!

Maddie Ly ’24 


In addition to being excellent in teaching and research, promote culture so faculty from different cultures understand and accept each other. Also, expand your outreach outside of the school of engineering —to arts and sciences, education, religious studies, business, and ethics. That is the spirit of Sukhi.

Nam Ling, Chair (Computer Science and Engineering)


Be very honest and fair, and have the courage to speak the truth.

Yuling Yan, Chair (Bioengineering)


Be extroverted; be ready to eat and breathe civil engineering, and always advocate for a place where faculty can meet. 

–Godfrey Mungal, Professor and former Engineering Dean


Have a passion for what you do and the ability to bring out that kind of passion in your students. Take time to find out why students are struggling, and adapt how you teach or test, as needed. Once you know a person’s name, be ready to say hello to them forever. 

— Vanessa De La Rosa ’23, Civil Engineering student and assistant to Prof. Singh

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