Dr. Sharon L. Walker, PhD, is Dean of Drexel’s College of Engineering. She serves jointly as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Dean Walker is a Yale University-trained water quality systems expert focusing on the fate and transport of bacteria and nanoparticles in water. Since taking the helm at CoE in 2018, Dean Walker has pursued an intensive “listening tour” with faculty, staff, and alumni; installed an interim department head in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, and initiated the search for a permanent head; traveled to Israel to pursue opportunities in collaborative research and student exchange; expanded and reinvigorated the Engineering Advisory Board; opened new avenues of engagement for engineering with the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University; and served as speaker/advocate for numerous student groups, including the Drexel Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and the Society of Women Engineers.
Dean Walker previously served as Interim Dean at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. There, she held the John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering, and served as professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She was an associated faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering.
Dean Walker is a two-time winner of the Fulbright Fellowship, for which she visited at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel in 2009-2010. She has produced more than 250 conference papers and publications. Dean Walker was elected Vice Chair (2015) and Chair (2017) of the prestigious Environmental Nanotechnology Gordon Research Conference. A fellow in the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), Dean Walker won the Association’s 2018 Mary Ann Liebert Award for Publication Excellence in Environmental Engineering Science. She was an elected official with AEESP and with the American Chemical Society’s Colloid and Surface Science Division. Dean Walker is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Association of Women in Science, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Golden Key honor societies.
Dean Walker received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Yale in 2004 and her MS in Chemical Engineering from Yale in 2000. In addition, she has two undergraduate engineering degrees from the University of Southern California.
As she stewards Drexel’s College of Engineering, Dean Walker’s priorities include educating engineers for the 21st century; inspiring translational research in the interest of society’s great challenges; increasing diversity in the faculty and student populations; and inspiring the College community to a new level of scholarship and academic achievement.