We are honored to have Dr. Gilda Barabino as our speaker for our 82nd Annual Meeting. She is the second president of Olin College of Engineering here in Needham.
She was the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University and only the fifth Black woman in the country to earn a doctorate in the field. She is a noted researcher with areas of focus on sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. She has held professor and leadership positions at The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, and Northeastern.
Dr. Barabino is a noted speaker on STEM education and research and diversity in higher education. She is president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest interdisciplinary scientific society. She is also an active member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine and chairs the National Academics of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine.
She will reside in Needham when renovations to the Edison House on campus are complete!