Carnegie Mellon's Annette Jacobson Named Associate Dean
For Undergraduate Education at College of Engineering
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Annette M. Jacobson has been named associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Engineering.
"I am pleased to have Annette in this position where she will work with me to lead all undergraduate education issues within the college," said Pradeep K. Khosla, the Dowd University Professor and dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. "I believe Annette brings the experience and leadership that we need to enhance and broaden the experience of our undergraduate students."
Jacobson, a teaching professor in chemical engineering, said her goal is to enhance the undergraduate experience by extending the highly successful First-Year Experience Program for freshmen into students' sophomore through senior years, with a special focus on the transition to the sophomore year.
"We want to continue to be strategic about how we help our students succeed and experience a myriad of useful endeavors from teambuilding sessions to community service programs," said Jacobson, an active mentor for the annual National Engineers' Week festivities at the Carnegie Science Center.
In April, Carnegie Mellon engineering students won the prestigious Communitas Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for a non-profit special media event that sent lipstick and other cosmetics to Fort Hood, Texas, military families following a deadly terrorist siege last fall.
Jacobson has served as the director of the popular interdisciplinary educational program in Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces (CPS) and the PPG Industries CPS Laboratory since 1988. The labs also have played host to aspiring middle- and high-school students interested in engineering careers through annual outreach programs sponsored by CPS and the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Jacobson worked for PPG until 1985, where she rose to the rank of senior research engineer. Her research involves characterization and applications of nanomaterials and macromolecules.
Jacobson received her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1979 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1988 from Carnegie Mellon. She is the recipient of numerous professional accolades, including the 2003 Academic Advising Award from Carnegie Mellon.
Pictured above is Annette M. Jacobson, associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Engineering.