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Women Deans and Directors of Engineering Programs in the U.S.

Women Deans and Directors of Engineering Programs in the U.S.

In 1984, Eleanor Baum, Ph.D., became the first woman appointed dean of an engineering program in the United States. As recently as 2002, there were only about a dozen women engineering deans, but the numbers have increased greatly over the last decade.

This year, according to the records of the American Society for Engineering Education, there are more than 80 women leading engineering colleges, schools, or programs in the U.S., out of more than 300 programs tracked by ASEE. Women lead programs ranging from engineering colleges with multiple departments, hundreds of faculty members, and thousands of students at land-grant universities to smaller programs that may encompass only one or two engineering disciplines.

Some deans go on to university-level leadership positions such as provost, president, or chancellor, while others return to faculty positions or retire after serving as dean.

The following list is as up to date as possible through the 2020 academic year.

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, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, California State University, Los Angeles

Sara A. Atwood, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, 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, College of Engineering and Computer Science, California State University, Fullerton

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

Stella N. Batalama, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, 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

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

Naira H. Campbell-Kyureghyan, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Science and Engineering, Merrimack College

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

Judy L. Cezeaux, Ph.D.
Dean, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Arkansas Tech University

Tina Choe, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Engineering, Loyola Marymount University

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

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, School of Science and Engineering, Tulane University

Claire Fuller, Ph.D.
Dean, Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Murray State University

Gabrielle Gaustad, Ph.D.
Dean, Alfred University

Andrea J. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University

Molly M. Gribb, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Cyndee Gruden, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Christine Hailey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Engineering, Texas State University, San Marcos

Angela Hare, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Science, Engineering and Health, Messiah College

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

Karlene A. Hoo, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Gonzaga University

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

Emily M. Hunt, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics, West Texas A&M University

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

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

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

Jelena Kovačević, 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

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, College of Science and Engineering, Winona State University

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

Jayathi Y. Murthy, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, 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

Wendy Reed, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Mary Rezac, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University

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

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

Michelle B. Sabick, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Saint Louis University

Anca L. Sala, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology, Baker College

Linda S. Schadler, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Vermont

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

Ying Shang, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Evansville

Joyce T. Shirazi, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, Hampton University

Katherine Snyder, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Science, University of Detroit Mercy

Beena Sukumaran, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Computing, 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, College of Engineering and Business, Gannon University

Sharon Walker, Ph.D.
Dean, Drexel University

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

Jennifer Widom, Ph.D.
Dean, Stanford University

Stacy S. Wilson, Ph.D.
Director, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 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, College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics, 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, School of Engineering and Science, Stevens Institute of Technology

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