Professor Huiling Duan becomes the new dean. Professor Jianzhong Xi，Ruqiang Zou, Zheng Chen, Qi'ning Wang, and Jie Song appointed as five new associate deans.
They had discussions on how to hire and manage faculty members, such as what kind of characteristics are valued and how to evaluate and motivate faculty members. They also talked about the purpose of education and how to achieve the purpose.
Prof. Guo is known particularly for his work on nano/sub-nano/atomic materials for catalysis and energy applications.
The team in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering designed and developed a dual mechanism nano linear motion platform.