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Interview with Dr. Eve Riskin, Dean of Undergraduate Education – The Stute – The Stute

September 16, 2022
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Dr. Eve Riskin, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), has been newly promoted to the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Riskin is a very accomplished woman in her field, honored as the National Science Foundation Young Investigator and awarded the 2006 Hewlett-Packard Harriett B. Rigas Award. 
In an email interview with The Stute, Riskin discussed her role and the ambitions she has in her new position at Stevens.
What are you excited about in your role as Dean of Undergraduate Student Life here at Stevens?
Dr. Riskin replied, “I’m leading the undergraduate academic program. I’m excited about the focus on the student experience in the new Stevens Strategic Plan. I also am so impressed with how student-focused Stevens is. So I look forward to working with Stevens faculty to provide more academic opportunities to our undergraduates.”
What is your experience in this field or similar past jobs?
“I was an ECE professor at the University of Washington (UW) for over 30 years. I spent 15 years as Associate Dean in the UW College of Engineering where I focused on undergraduates. I spent my last nine years there working on our STARS program, which is a ‘redshirt’ program for students from underserved and diverse backgrounds who want to study engineering or Computer Science (CS). The students worked really hard and often outperformed more privileged students! I hope that some of what we learned at UW might apply at Stevens. “
Any overall comments/thoughts on how the position is going?
“I’ve been here under two weeks. People are being very welcoming. I have been so impressed already to see the commitment of Stevens faculty and staff to ensure that every student has the support they need to graduate. I’m spending time trying to learn about Stevens and its people. There is a huge difference between a small private university and an enormous public university. Finally I’m from Lawrence Township and it’s so nice to be back home.”
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