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US Black Engineer magazine is launching its first annual Leading Educators list in the upcoming issue. In the cover story, Darryll J. Pines shares his inspiring career story from engineering researcher to  president of the University System of Maryland. We also feature other leading academics who took on new positions recently. They include Harriet B. Nembhard, the new dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

As dean, Nembhard will oversee a dynamic multidisciplinary college with more than $50 million in annual research expenditures, 2,400 students, and 250 faculty and staff. The college has six departments and six centers with a deep commitment to collaboration, innovation, and excellence. Nembhard succeeds Dean Alec Scranton, who announced in January 2019 that he would step down on June 30, 2020.

Nembhard was at Oregon State since July 2016. Before joining Oregon State, Nembhard was a professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State; she served as interim head of the department in 2015. She also served as site director of the Center for Health Organization Transformation, a National Science Foundation Industry–University Cooperative Research Center.

Nembhard earned a bachelor of arts degree in management from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California; a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Arizona State University; and a master of science and PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

“I am honored to be joining the University of Iowa to lead the College of Engineering,” Nembhard said in a statement. “I believe the north star for the discipline of engineering is to continually seek creative solutions to elevate humanity and address the needs of our society. The college has made tremendous strides over the decade of Dean Scranton’s service to do precisely this. I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders to make the college even greater. We are at a moment where it is imperative that we accelerate our work to build an inclusive community focused on excellence and innovation in order to impact the state of Iowa, the nation, and the globe.”

Stay tuned for the full list in the next issue of USBE.

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