Professor Carl De Boor, Member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, National Medal of Science Winner of 2003, recently sent a short letter to President Dr. Machen.
The letter says:
Dear Dr. Machen,
I have just learned that your school of engineering is in the process of dismantling a research department with national standing, developed and nurtured over many years, that brings in over 1M* [* the actual figure is closer to $5M] per year in research money and whose subject and results are absolutely vital to modern engineering, disrupting the careers of good people and interrupting, perhaps critically, the training of future professionals.
What were you thinking?
With much concern,
Carl de Boor
prof.emer. Department of Computer Sciences
University of Wisconson-Madison
member: Nat.Acad.Eng., Nat.Acad.Sci., et al