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About Beena Sukumaran

Beena Sukumaran has been on the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at Rowan University since 1998 and left the faculty in 2018 to become Vice President for Research. Her area of expertise is in geotechnical engineering and she has published over 100 peer reviewed conference and journal papers including several papers on engineering education and the unique undergraduate curriculum at Rowan University. She is a member of the Soil Modeling Committee of the Geoinstitute. She has also been involved in various outreach activities to recruit more women and minorities into engineering and is Division Chair of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE. She is currently Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation project titled “Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity”, which is looking at strategies to radically grow representation of women and ethnic/racial minorities in engineering, while at the same time enhancing inclusion through curriculum design, teaching and learning. She is also the founder of Engineering Innovators without Borders, which seeks to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for the developing world through engineering design.

Positions

2010 - Present Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rowan University Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
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2001 - 2010 Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rowan University Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
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1998 - 2001 Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rowan University Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
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1997 - 1997 Research Fellow, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
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1996 - 1996 Research Engineer, Amoco Corporation
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Curriculum Vitae




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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Reviewer, Middle States Council of Higher Education Accreditation
2016 - Present Division Chair, Women in Engineering Division, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
2012 - Present Editorial Board member, International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering
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Honors and Awards

  • NJDOT Research Implementation Award, 2016
  • Distinguished Engineering Award, NJ Alliance for Action, 2013
  • New Jersey ASCE Educator of the Year Award, 2010
  • ASEE Best Paper Award, International Division, 2010

Education

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1996 PhD Civil Engineering, Purdue University
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1992 MS Civil Engineering, Auburn University
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1989 BS Civil Engineering, College of Engineering Trivandrum India
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Conference Papers (2)

Journal Articles (2)

Magazine Articles (2)