Appointment of Alison Baski as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering

From: Provost Sylvia Alva

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alison A. Baski, Dean of the College of Science, will assume the additional role of Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2020. A national search will take place in 2021-22. Dean Baski will continue to serve as the Dean in the College of Science. The colleges will not merge, they will both be led by Dr. Baski.

Dean Baski brings to this role an extensive record of excellence as an academic leader, administrator, researcher, and educator. She came to Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 to serve as Dean in the College of Science, where she leads more than 330 faculty, 45 staff, and 4,300 students. Prior to Cal Poly Pomona, Dean Baski spent 20 years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she served as chair of the Physics Department, executive associate dean, and , interim dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, which is home to 600 faculty, 80 staff, and 14,000 students. While at VCU, she also held a joint faculty appointment in the School of Engineering and collaborated with Engineering faculty on a host of National Science Foundation and Department of Defense research grants.

Dean Baski’s leadership roles in higher education, along with her years of service at Cal Poly Pomona, assures a strong trajectory moving forward for the College of Engineering during this time of transition. Likewise, the continuity provided by Dean Baski’s appointment will be critical as both the College of Science and the College of Engineering are concurrently engaged in strategic planning and implementation initiatives with the same consulting firm. Dean Baski is committed to building on these strategic planning efforts and creating synergistic opportunities between the colleges during her time of interim service.

Dean Baski is widely recognized as a leader in her field and a champion of STEM education. She has authored 110 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has given numerous invited and conference talks on her research. For her scholarly work in the field of semiconductors and leadership in STEM education, she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 and the American Vacuum Society in 2015. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford.

Please join me in thanking Dean Baski for taking on this important leadership role at Cal Poly Pomona.

Sylvia A. Alva, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice President for Academic