Gilda Barabino Named President of Olin College of Engineering

Olin College of Engineering has announced the selection of Dr. Gilda Barabino as its second president. Dr. Barabino’s appointment comes after a comprehensive search that drew interest from around the world.

Dr. Barabino was previously the dean of The Grove School of Engineering and the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor at The City College of New York. Dr. Barabino’s career is distinguished by her focus on interdisciplinary engineering scholarship, her record of research and academic accomplishments, and her leadership in higher education. Throughout her career, she has been driven by a desire to prepare future engineers to use their training toward societal impact.

Dr. Barabino’s decades of achievement in engineering education led to her most recent role at City College, where she has been dean of the engineering school since 2013. At City College, Dr. Barabino doubled the retention rate in engineering; developed new master’s programs in data science and engineering, cybersecurity, and translational medicine; enhanced the research footprint of the college; led university-wide efforts to enhance the representation and success of women and minority faculty; and provided greater STEM opportunities for underserved student communities. Dr. Barabino also established thriving partnerships with institutions across New York City, the state and the nation.

Dr. Barabino is a well-known researcher in the fields of cellular and tissue engineering and sickle cell disease. She was selected to serve on the National Institutes of Health’s congressionally appointed Sickle Cell Advisory Committee and is a participant in the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network. Her seminal research in sickle cell biomechanics and adhesion provided the basis for current technologies and novel anti-adhesion therapies. She also conducts research and publishes in the areas of science education, mentoring and the influence of race, ethnicity and gender in the academy.

WittKieffer’s Lucy Leske, Phil Tang, Suzanne Teer and Julia Venetos led this search.

Read the announcement.