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Stephanie Adams to Lead National Engineering Association

Stephanie Adams, dean of Old Dominion University's Batten College of Engineering and Technology, was recently appointed president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Adams will serve a one-year term in that position beginning in June 2018 and will then serve for a year as president.

Adams joined the professional organization in 1996 and is an ASEE Fellow. She was previously elected to the ASEE Board of Directors as Professional Interest Council I chair and served as the vice president of Professional Interest Council chairs from 2011 to 2012.

"My father introduced me to ASEE in the 1980s when I was in high school, so the society has been an important part of my life for a long time," Adams said. "As engineering education continues to grow as a discipline, and considerable thought is being put into how we recruit, retain and develop the engineers of tomorrow, ASEE plays an important role as the fulcrum of the community. I'm honored to serve as president and continue leading the society's efforts."

Prior to her appointment as an ODU dean in 2016, Adams served as professor and head of the engineering education department at Virginia Tech. Previously, she served as associate dean for undergraduate studies in the school of engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a faculty member and administrator in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln prior to that. She also served two years as a program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Adams received a 2003 CAREER award from NSF to support her goal of designing, developing and validating a model for the facilitation of effective teaming in the engineering classroom. Adams also received the 2008 ASEE DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award and the Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.

Adams is an honor graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where she earned her bachelor's in mechanical engineering. She received a master's degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 1991, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998.

ASEE is a global society of individual, institutional and corporate members founded in 1893. ASEE is the pre-eminent authority on the education of engineering professionals, advancing innovation, excellence and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.

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