Sonoma State University is pleased to announce that Dr. Lynn Stauffer has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Science & Technology. Her appointment begins July 1, 2012.
Stauffer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine. She earned degrees in mathematics and computer science while working as a quality assurance engineer at Ford Aerospace.
Later, she returned to UC Irvine to pursue graduate work in computer science focusing on efficient algorithms for data compression on multiprocessor computers. After completing her doctoral work in 1994, she joined Sonoma State University as the first female professor in the Department of Computer Science.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lynn over the last year and have appreciated her strong leadership skills as she navigated the School through difficult budget times," said Dr. Andrew Rogerson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
"She emerged as the strongest candidate from a very competitive national search and I am looking forward to seeing the School continue to grow under her guidance" he said.
" The country needs well qualified graduates in science and technology and I am confident Dean Stauffer can deliver."
The School of Science & Technology is poised as a center of educational and research excellence in science, technology, engineering, math and health-related fields that are part of the solution in addressing local, regional, state and national needs in the 21st century.
Stauffer intends to further enhance relationships with local employers and to prepare science and technology graduates to meet workforce demands.
"I am excited to lead this outstanding faculty, staff and students that embraces impactful educational experiences through quality teaching, research and hands-on, project and field-based learning," she said.
While at Sonoma State, Stauffer developed a distinguished record that includes service as Director of Academic Resources and Planning for the School of Science and Technology, founder and Director of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program, and Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department.
Additionally, she is leading the STEPping Up STEM at SSU project funded by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation and focused on increasing the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math. She also seeks to strengthen bonds through collaborations with the School of Business and the School of Education.
Stauffer served most recently as interim Dean of the School of Science & Technology.