Dean, College of Science
Dean, College of Science
Dr. Sophia Maggelakis became Dean of the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2010. She previously served as the Head of RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences for nine years.
As a leader, Dr. Maggelakis has a track record of supporting and working well with faculty and staff through a variety of initiatives. She is the founder of the School of Mathematical Sciences, the Summer Mathematics Institute, the Women in Science (WISe), the Center for Advancing Science/Math Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation (CASTLE), and the Integrated Sciences Academy. Dean Maggelakis is an advocate for diversity and received the 2016 Edwina Award for Excellent Work in Enhancing Gender Inclusiveness and Diversity.
In addition to her administrative and leadership experience, Dr. Maggelakis went through the faculty ranks at RIT as an educator who focused on student success and scholarship. She is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and a member of the Faculty for the 21st Century for the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), one of the leading organizations in the United States for building and sustaining strong programs in the STEM disciplines. Dr. Maggelakis’ research area is Mathematical Biology where she has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.
Dean Maggelakis serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). She was also selected to be the Institutional Representative on the New York State ACE (American Council on Education) Women’s Network. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Dr. Maggelakis holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics from Old Dominion University. She completed the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education Program.
In the News
June 28, 2022
College of Science Dean Sophia Maggelakis to become provost of Wentworth Institute of Technology
Dean Sophia Maggelakis will be leaving RIT to become the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Maggelakis joined RIT as an assistant professor in 1990, became head of the School of Mathematical Sciences in 2001, and became dean of the College of Science in 2010.
March 12, 2021
The power of science
Essay by Sophia Maggelakis, dean of the College of Science, published by the Rochester Beacon.
March 5, 2021
RIT’s Pratik Dholabhai earns NSF CAREER Award to study materials in solid oxide fuel cells
Assistant Professor Pratik Dholabhai from RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and grant for his five-year project to conduct fundamental physics research on complex materials in solid oxide fuel cells.