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.