Drexel Dean, NASA Engineer School Tour, & ASEE President-Elect (March 2018)

Sharon L. Walker, Ph.D. (CA D ’98), has been appointed as the next Dean of the College of Engineering at Drexel University (PA). She will begin her new position on September 1, 2018. Currently, she serves as the interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Walker earned her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Yale Univ. and her dual B.S. degrees from the University of Southern California. Read the announcement for more information.


The Brooklyn Paper (NY) profiled a recent school tour by NASA senior engineer for complex systems design Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Ph.D. (MI G ’92). Dr. McGowan spoke to more than 100 students at Crown Heights Middle School and then addressed students and faculty at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering.

Anna-Maria McGowan
Photo by Caleb Caldwell.

She spoke about her career exploring the final frontier. Currently, Dr. McGowan leads NASA’s initiatives to develop methodologies for designing and engineering complex systems. Click here to read the article for more details. Dr. McGowan is a Trinidadian-American with a Ph.D. in design science in engineering from the Univ. of Michigan.


According to a recent press release, The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has elected Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D. (NE A ’89), as President-Elect. Dr. Adams Adams will serve a one-year term in that position beginning in June 2018 and then serve for one year as ASEE president.

Dr. Adams is the Dean of Engineering at Old Dominion University (VA). She is an ASEE Fellow and was previously elected to the ASEE Board of Directors. Her bachelor’s degree is in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.


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