Dr. Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY), has been appointed to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), making her now only one of six African-American women members in the esteemed academy.
Getting elected to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions bestowed to an engineer. Membership to NAE recognizes individuals who have made important 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,” according to a CCNY release.
Barabino was selected to the academy “for leadership in bioengineering research and inclusive models of bioengineering education and faculty mentoring,” according to NAE officials.
Barabino is a well-known researcher in the fields of cellular and tissue engineering, sickle cell disease and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. She works nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development.
There are now a total of 2,297 U.S. members and 272 foreign members in the academy after its recent membership announcement. The 2019 member induction ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 6 during NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.