CCNY Dean Gilda Barabino elected to National Academy of Engineering

Gilda A. Barabino, dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She is now one of only six African-American women to hold the distinction.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." 

Barabino, who also holds the title of Daniel and Frances Berg Professor in the Grove School, was cited by the Academy “for leadership in bioengineering research and inclusive models of bioengineering education and faculty mentoring.”

She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, as well as race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering.

Barabino consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development. She is a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Engineering, the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine and the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. She is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.

Her election to the NAE is the third major honor for Barabino in less than a year. Last June, she earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation.

In the fall, Barabino received the Dr. Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

The NAE’s announcement brings its membership to 2,297 U.S. members and 272 foreign members. This year’s induction ceremony takes place on Oct. 6,   at the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Barabino has served as dean of the Grove School since 2013 when she became the first African-American woman to serve as dean of engineering at a non-HBCU institution. This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the Grove School.

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