President, Olin College of Engineering

Gilda Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino is President of Olin College of Engineering. Previously, she served as the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean of Engineering at The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering. Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity. Prior to Georgia Tech and Emory, she rose to the rank of Full Professor of Chemical Engineering and served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University. She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, tissue engineering, and the role of race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. Dr. Barabino is President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest interdisciplinary scientific society. She is a Fellow of AAAS, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Her many honors include an honorary degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, AIChE’s Award for Service to Society, and the Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest honor. She is Past-President of BMES and Past-President of AIMBE. Dr. Barabino is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She chairs the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine and is a member of the NASEM Round Table on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Barabino consults internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, science policy, faculty development and workforce development. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.