Olin College community held a car parade July 1 to welcome President Gilda A. Barabino. In the upcoming issue of US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine, the leading educator is one of several Black college presidents featured in a first-ever list of accomplished academics. Stay tuned for the next issue of USBE.
Barabino became the second president of Olin College of Engineering, and professor of biomedical and chemical engineering, on July 1. Prior, she was dean of The Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY).
Before joining CCNY, she served as associate chair for grad studies and professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She also served as Georgia Tech’s inaugural vice provost for academic diversity. Prior to that, she spent 18 years at Northeastern University, rising to the rank of full professor of chemical engineering and serving as vice provost for undergraduate education.
Barabino is a member of the NSF’s Advisory Committee for Engineering; the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy.
She is currently the chair of the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Deans Council. She sits on the board of trustees for VentureWell, Associated Universities, Inc., and the Xavier University of Louisiana.
Barabino earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University.
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