Julia Ross, who earned a doctoral degree from Rice University in chemical engineering, was named the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering at Virginia Tech, effective July 31.
Ross also holds tenured appointments in the departments of chemical engineering and engineering education at Virginia Tech. She earned her Ph.D. from Rice in 1995, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she went on to become dean of engineering and information technology.
At UMBC, Ross served in various roles, including chair of chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering, and supported inter-institutional research initiatives as a special assistant to the provost. In October 2016, Ross was elected to the executive committee of the Global Engineering Dean’s Council, where she serves a three-year term working closely with engineering deans from around the world to advance engineering education, research and service.
She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2013 received the American Council on Education fellowship, the nation’s premier higher-education leadership development program.