grandmother was a smart lady. She was a biochemist in the Russian Academy
of Sciences and one of the first women to get a Ph.D. As the third
generation in my family to be a scientist, I’m proud of the way RMU
encourages women as well as men to study for careers in science, engineering,
and mathematics. Those subjects, after all, are the underpinnings of
Not too many universities can lay claim to having so many disparate
disciplines in one school. Over the past several years, you
might notice we have used the word “interdisciplinary” more than once. It
is indeed one of our strategic goals to build upon the unity of the SEMS,
(School of Engineering, Mathematics & Science), and utilize the
expertise and resources that we possess in all three departments. We are
not only reaching across the departments within SEMS but also collaborating
with other schools at the University and beyond.
SEMS-Research has shown a strong
performance in the past few years. Research Conversations meetings were
organized to promote interdisciplinary project development and to explore
common areas for faculty and student research. Research Highlights
newsletters were published to showcase the cutting-edge research taking
place in RMU SEMS.
In 2015, faculty and students
published 69 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at national
and local conferences. The
interdisciplinary collaboration really sparks creativity. That’s how we
created our energy and sustainability curriculum, forensics minor, biomedical
engineering concentration - the pre-med faculty and the mechanical
engineering faculty put their heads together and designed them.
2010, our SEMS-Research and Outreach Center has served as community
outreach to promote K-12 STEM education and elevate our research agenda within
the school. The future holds great potential for
SEMS Outreach as we look to expand our offerings, partner with more local
organizations and schools, and continue to provide new and innovative ways
to engage students and the community at large in STEM education.
In the 14 years I've been at RMU
I’ve always been impressed with the quality of our programs, our students
and by our growth (student numbers have quadrupled in the school for the
past five years). Ongoing appreciation is extended to faculty, staff and
administrators who are world-class educators working tirelessly for the
betterment of SEMS.
When my daughter was looking for
a college I recommended Robert Morris University. I’m glad she listened to
me. (Even though she was an English major instead of a scientist!). I also
have a son who is a veteran and has seven years of service in the National
Guard. He has degree in business management and owns his own business. I am
MiMi to two adorable grandkids, Olivia and Maximus, and my husband and I are residents of Moon Township.