Professor Wadia-Fascetti has served as Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Engineering since 2010. As Associate Dean, Sara collaborated ably with the college Graduate Directors and colleagues across the University to strengthen COE graduate programs, craft new degree & certificate pathways, and create student and faculty focused graduate support. As the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education (2010 – 2015), her leadership contributed to the tremendous growth of COE. During this period research grew 40% and COE PIs on individual proposals increased by 30%.
As a professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Sara has led and co-led cross-college interdisciplinary initiatives resulting in advanced technologies and systems to inspect and maintain our transportation networks; doctoral training grants; and education program development. As a leader, Sara envisions and builds institutional initiatives that are sustained beyond her direct leadership roles. One example is Northeastern ADVANCE; initially funded by the National Science Foundation and now institutionalized as the ADVANCE Office for Faculty Development at Northeastern University.
Sara received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a double major in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a M.S. & Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. She is a member of the Carnegie Mellon University Engineering & Public Policy Alumni Advisory Council and the Rochester Institute of Technology ADVANCE Institutional Transformation External Advisory Board. In 2003 Sara was recognized at the White House with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.