Dr. Doreen Edwards was appointed Dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in July 2016.
Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University (1997) and B.S. in Chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1985).
Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Edwards was Dean of Engineering (2009 -2016) and Acting Vice President for Statutory Affairs (2014-2016) at Alfred University. Edwards joined the faculty at Alfred University in 1997. She has also worked as a research scientist for Gould Inc. (1985-1987) and the Basic Industry Research Laboratory (1987-1993) – an industry-focused contract research laboratory at Northwestern University. As a professor, she received an NSF CAREER award (2001) and several teaching awards, including the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004). She has served as the principal investigator on fundamental and applied research projects, focusing on oxide materials for fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectric devices, environmental remediation, and solar energy applications. She has coauthored more than 60 publications and holds two U.S. patents.
Edwards is a Fellow and board member of The American Ceramic Society and a member of the board of directors of Incubator Works – a business incubator network headquartered in Corning NY. In 2016, Edwards was profiled in the book Successful Women Ceramic and Glass Scientists and Engineers: 100 Inspirational Profiles.