Women Deans of Engineering Then and Now


Eleanor Baum, Ph.D.
Dean, Cooper Union

Cynthia S. Hirtzel, Ph.D.
Dean, Youngstown State University

Denice D. Denton, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Washington

Ilene Busch-Vishniac, Ph.D.
Dean, Johns Hopkins University

Nancy Jannik, Ph.D.
Dean, Winona State University

Janie Fouke, Ph.D.
Dean, Michigan State University

Mary L. Good, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dean, Duke University

Sandra J. DeLoatch, Ph.D.
Dean, Norfolk State University

Dianne Dorland, Ph.D.
Dean, Rowan University

Linda C. Lucas, Ph.D.
Dean, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Zorica Pantic, Ph.D.
Dean, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Diane Schwartz, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, California State University, Northridge

As of 2020 and 2021

Cammy R. Abernathy, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Florida

Alexis R. Abramson, Ph.D.
Dean, Dartmouth College

Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D.
Dean and Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair, The University of Texas at Dallas

Nancy Allbritton, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Washington

Emily L. Allen, Ph.D.
Dean, California State University, Los Angeles

Sara A. Atwood, Ph.D.
Dean, Elizabethtown College

M. Katherine Banks, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering, Texas A&M University

Gilda A. Barabino, Ph.D.
President, Olin College of Engineering

Susamma Barua, Ph.D.
Dean, California State University, Fullerton

Alison A. Baski, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Stella N. Batalama, Ph.D.
Dean, Florida Atlantic University

Gail Baura, Ph.D.
Director, Loyola University Chicago

Joanne M. Belovich, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Cleveland State University

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D.
Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University

Mary C. Boyce, Ph.D.
Dean, Columbia University

Bethany Brinkman, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Sweet Briar College

JoAnn Browning, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Lynn K. Byers, P.E.
Interim Dean, Quinnipiac University

Janet Callahan, Ph.D.
Dean, Michigan Technological University

Naira H. Campbell-Kyureghyan, Ph.D.
Dean, Merrimack College

Jenna P. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Dean, Campbell University

Judy L. Cezeaux, Ph.D.
Dean, Arkansas Tech University

Tina Choe, Ph.D.
Dean, Loyola Marymount University

Robin Coger, Ph.D.
Dean, North Carolina A&T University

Leslie Cornick, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Washington Bothell

Patricia J. Culligan, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Notre Dame

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Ph.D.
Dean, University of California, Davis

Doreen Edwards, Ph.D.
Dean, Rochester Institute of Technology

Sheryl H. Ehrman, Ph.D.
Dean, San Jose State University

Stephanie Farrell, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Rowan University

Amy S. Fleischer, Ph.D.
Dean, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Kimberly Foster, Ph.D.
Dean, Tulane University

Marcia Friesen, P.Eng.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba

Claire Fuller, Ph.D.
Dean, Murray State University

Gabrielle Gaustad, Ph.D.
Dean, Alfred University

Andrea J. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Dean, Princeton University

Molly M. Gribb, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Cyndee Gruden, Ph.D.
Dean, University of New Hampshire

Christine Hailey, Ph.D.
Dean, Texas State University, San Marcos

Angela Hare, Ph.D.
Dean, Messiah College

Wendi Beth Heinzelman, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Rochester

Karlene A. Hoo, Ph.D.
Dean, Gonzaga University

Ayanna Howard, Ph.D.
Dean, The Ohio State University

Emily M. Hunt, Ph.D.
Dean, West Texas A&M University

Jacqueline A. Isaacs, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Northeastern University

Erin Jablonski, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Bucknell University

Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Ph.D.
Dean, Academic Board, U.S. Military Academy

Maria V. Kalevitch, Ph.D.
Dean, Robert Morris University

Jelena Kovacevic, Ph.D.
Dean, New York University

Hyun J. Kwon, Ph.D.
Chair, Engineering and Computer Science, Andrews University

Laura W. Lackey, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, Mercer University

Nancy K. Lape, Ph.D.
Interim Chair of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

JoAnn S. Lighty, Ph.D.
Dean, Boise State University

Tsu-Jae King Liu, Ph.D.
Dean, University of California, Berkeley

Tracy Bradley Maples, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, California State University, Long Beach

Michele S. Marcolongo, Ph.D.
Dean, Villanova University

Denise M. Martinez, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Tarleton State University

Patricia F. Mead, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Norfolk State University

Charla Miertschin, Ph.D.
Dean, Winona State University

Lynne A. Molter, Sc.D.
Interim Chair, Swarthmore College

Kimberly Muller, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Innovation and Solutions, Lake Superior State University

Jayathi Y. Murthy, Ph.D.
Dean, University of California, Los Angeles

Kim LaScola Needy, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, University of Arkansas

Harriet B. Nembhard, Ph.D.
Dean, The University of Iowa

Pamela Holland Obiomon, Ph.D.
Dean, Prairie View A&M University

Elizabeth Jane Orwin, Ph.D.
Chair, Harvey Mudd College

Margaret Pinnell, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, University of Dayton

Wendy Reed, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Minnesota Duluth

Mary Rezac, Ph.D.
Dean, Washington State University

Jinny Rhee, Ph.D.
Dean, California State University, Long Beach

Kristina M. Ropella, Ph.D.
Dean, Marquette University

Julia M. Ross, Ph.D.
Dean, Virginia Tech

Michelle B. Sabick, Ph.D.
Dean, Saint Louis University

Anca L. Sala, Ph.D.
Dean, Baker College

Linda S. Schadler, Ph.D.
Dean, The University of Vermont

Elaine P. Scott, Ph.D.
Dean, Santa Clara University

Ying Shang, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Evansville

Joyce T. Shirazi, Ph.D.
Dean, Hampton University

Katherine Snyder, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Detroit Mercy

Beena Sukumaran, Ph.D.
Dean, Miami University (Ohio)

Janis P. Terpenny, Ph.D.
Wayne T. Davis Chair of Engineering and Dean, The University of Tennessee

Jean S. VanderGheynst, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Karinna M. Vernaza, Ph.D.
Dean, Gannon University

Sharon Walker, Ph.D.
Dean, Drexel University

Mary Wells, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo

Jennifer L. West, Ph.D.
Dean, University of Virginia

Jennifer Widom, Ph.D.
Dean, Stanford University

Stacy S. Wilson, Ph.D.
Director, Western Kentucky University

Sharon L. Wood, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, The University of Texas at Austin

Judy Wornat, Ph.D.
Dean, Louisiana State University

Yan Xiang, Ph.D.
Dean, Southern New Hampshire University

Sharon Zelmanowitz, Ph.D., P.E.
Department Head, Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Jean Zu, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dean, Stevens Institute of Technology

Because some schools’ engineering programs consist of only one or a small number of departments rather than a college or a school, their leaders may have titles such as director or chair rather than dean. Definitions and terminology can vary from institution to institution.