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Teresa Dahlberg Named Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean

May 2015 — Syracuse University has selected Teresa A. Dahlberg as the new Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She will assume her new role in August.

Dahlberg has been serving as Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and as the university’s Chief Academic Officer.

“Teresa has an extraordinary record of achievement that speaks to both her passion and her skill as a scholar and higher education leader,” said Liz Liddy, Syracuse University’s Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost. “Throughout her multifaceted career, she has excelled as an innovative and strategic thinker who knows how to build consensus and motivate others toward common goals. In a highly competitive field, her exceptional capabilities stood out.”

At Cooper Union, Dahlberg increased the engineering freshman class enrollment by 47 percent, as well as the applicant pool size and quality. In addition, she increased the diversity and productivity of engineering research faculty and more than doubled enrollment in master’s programs. As Chief Academic Officer, Dahlberg helped lead a financial sustainability plan that encompassed the schools of art, architecture, and engineering, and the faculty of humanities and social sciences.

Previously, Dahlberg served as Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte. As a professor in the computer science department, she attracted more than $20 million in external grants. She also was founding director of the Diversity in Information Technology Institute (DITI), which addressed declining enrollments in computing, and was awarded over $15 million in research grants to support DITI initiatives.

Before her time at UNC Charlotte, Dahlberg was a staff engineer in the Banking Systems Division at the IBM Corporation. She was awarded the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for her hardware and software work on an image capture module for document reader/sorters.

Dahlberg has lectured and published widely on wireless networking. More recently, she has addressed novel approaches to education and broadening participation, with a focus on preparing global-minded science and engineering innovators. She is co-founder of the STARS Alliance, now known as the STARS Computing Corps, a consortium of colleges and universities funded by the National Science Foundation to develop technology leaders.
In addition, Dahlberg served with the National Science Foundation as an expert in the Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate and was a member of the CISE Advisory Committee.

Dahlberg earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer engineering at North Carolina State University.

Brill Neumann’s Nick Brill, Ora Smith and Tom Phillips assisted Syracuse University with this search.