Sunniva Collins named associate dean at CSE

In her new role, the president of the Case Alumni Association will help lead and develop new professional programs.

Sunniva Collins, MS ’91, PhD ’94, the president of the Case Alumni Association, has been elevated to the position of Associate Dean of Professional Programs at the Case School of Engineering.

In the newly created role, she will oversee all of the school’s professional graduate degree programs. These include the Masters of Engineering degree, the Masters of Engineering and Management degree, and the online engineering Masters of Science degrees. Collins will also coordinate the development of new professional learning opportunities.

“Case School of Engineering’s professional graduate degree programs are an essential component of this school’s curriculum, providing our students with a quality educational experience they will take with them as they move ahead in their professional careers,” Collins said. “We have been fortunate to have guidance and support from alumni leadership, particularly  with the Masters of Engineering and Management program. I am thrilled at the opportunity to play a role in our professional graduate degree programs’ continued success.”

Collins, who assumed the new title Jan. 1, remains on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where she is an associate professor.

“I am grateful for the leadership and expertise she brings to advancing these important initiatives,” said Dean Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan, upon announcing her appointment Thursday.

She earned both her masters and doctorate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, then went to work in industry. Collins came to Case in 2013 from Swagelok, where she was a senior research fellow, bringing expertise in advanced manufacturing. An inventor on four patents, she served as President of ASM International in 2014-2015.

In July of 2019, she became president of the board of the Case Alumni Association—only the second woman to lead the 134-year-old association.


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