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Doreen Edwards

Dean, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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Doreen Edwards

Dean, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Dean’s Office
Kate Gleason College of Engineering


BS, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Ph.D., Northwestern University


Dr. Doreen Edwards was appointed Dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering 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 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 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. 

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Cahill, James T., et al. "Effect of Current Diffusivity in Metal Hexaborides: A Spark Plasma Sintering Study." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 9. 42 (2017): 37357—37363. Print.
Gao, Peng, et al. "The Critical Role of Point Defects In Improving the Specific Capacitance of δ-MnO2 Nanosheets." Nat. Commun. 8. (2017): 1-10. Web.

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    Supply chain disruptions and a strong demand for consumer electronics during the pandemic led to a global chip shortage. The shortage has highlighted the need to strengthen the domestic semiconductor industry and has put a new emphasis on microelectronic engineering education.

  • March 29, 2022

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  • October 11, 2021

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    RIT receives $1 million grant to upgrade and expand its cleanroom facility

    The Kate Gleason College of Engineering was awarded a $1 million Higher Education Capital Matching Grant (HECAP) from New York state. The award will be used to upgrade and expand the college’s cleanroom facility to accommodate the growth of research in biomedical technologies such as drug delivery and lab-on-chip devices.