Carnegie Mellon University
October 07, 2015

Professor Susan Finger Named IDeATe Associate Dean

Professor Susan Finger Named IDeATe Associate Dean CEE Professor Susan Finger has recently been named associate dean of the Integrative Design Arts & Technology (IDeATe) program. True to the mission of IDeATe, she has always enjoyed working at the interface between culture and technology and her passion has been reflected in her career in many ways.

She received a bachelor's degree in astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in medieval language and literature, a master's degree in operations research from Penn, and an interdisciplinary PhD on photovoltaic power systems through civil engineering from MIT. She came to CMU in the late 1980s as research faculty in the Intelligent Systems Lab in the Robotics Institute and joined the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department in 1991.

She has served two tours at the National Science Foundation; first, in the mid-1980s, as the first program director for the Design Theory and Methodology Program in the Engineering Directorate and, more recently, as a program officer for engineering education in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is a fellow of the American Society of Chemical Engineers. As associate dean of IDeATe, she said she is looking forward to working with faculty and students from across the university to cultivate a collaborative, creative and active learning environment.