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Stephanie Adams Is Old Dominion’s New Engineering Dean

Stephanie Adams is the first woman and African-American to become dean of Old Dominion University’s College of Engineering.

Published On: July 2016
Stephanie Adams

Stephanie Adams, Engineering Dean, Old Dominion University

Stephanie Adams has started her new position as dean of Old Dominion University’s College of Engineering.  She’s the first woman and the first African-American to serve as dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. Adams says she is now one of three African-American woman deans in the U.S. out of more than 350 ABET-accredited schools. Previously, she was a professor and chair of the engineering department at Virginia Tech.

WVEC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Hampton, Virginia, has the details of her first days on the job.

Adams has a long history with Old Dominion. She attended kindergarten there more than 40 years ago. She grew up in Hampton Roads and attended Old Dominion’s child care center.

She has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University. She has won more than $12 million in research grants, written more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, 30 conference proceedings publications, five book chapters, and edited two books. Her research interests include broadening engineering participation; faculty and graduate student development; international and global education; teamwork and team effectiveness, and quality control and management.

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