New Dean Joins the Team

Dr. Sheryl Ehrman is the new dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, effective July 2017.

California is not new to Ehrman; in fact, she feels as though she is returning home. She received a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from UCSB and went on to complete a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering in the major field of Aerosol Science and Technology and the minor field of Atmospheric Science at UCLA.

After finishing her doctoral degree, Ehrman served as a visiting scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Maryland and as a National Science Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institute, in Switzerland. In 1998, Ehrman joined the University of Maryland, College Park. While there, she served as Keystone Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

During her seven years as chair, she oversaw an expansion of tenure-track faculty, development of two new BS/MS programs, the growth of transfer student pathways, initiation of a multidisciplinary research center for advanced battery technology, and development and implementation of strategies to engage alumni and industry partners.

In 2006, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and visiting associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where she engaged with students and faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She served as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador from 2013-16. Ehrman is also a licensed professional engineer in Maryland.

"I am greatly looking forward to joining the amazing students, faculty and staff of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University," said Ehrman in a recent interview. "As an educator, I strongly believe in the life changing potential of affordable higher education. And there is no doubt that a well educated, creative and diverse workforce contributes to economic advancement. SJSU truly does power Silicon Valley!

"As Dean of Engineering, I look forward to building on student success initiatives already underway, building on faculty expertise to grow the research enterprise, further developing relationships with alumni, industry, and other stakeholders, and increasing partnerships with other members of the SJSU community to take advantage of the expertise across this great comprehensive university," she concluded.