Sheryl Ehrman | AIChE

Sheryl Ehrman

Don Beall Dean of Engineering
Davidson College of Engineering, San Jose State University

Sheryl Ehrman is the Don Beall Dean of the Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to joining San Jose State, she was a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, for 19 years, serving as Keystone Professor and Chair from 2010 to 2017. Dean Ehrman’s educational interests include project based learning for first year engineering students, increased participation and retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering, and on smoothing pathways between community colleges and universities for engineering transfer students. Her current research interests are in aerosol technology and air pollution. In 2006, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship, supporting a sabbatical visit to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Mumbai, India. In 2019, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). Additional significant distinctions include an NSF CAREER Award in 2001, the A. James Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty in 2006, Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentorship Honoree, 2014, and in 2015, she was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Dr. Ehrman participates in several professional organizations. Among her activities, she served as AAAR President (2015-16) and Annual Conference chair (2004). She currently serves as treasurer of AIChE's Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) committee. She received her PhD degree from UCLA and her BS degree from UC Santa Barbara, both in chemical engineering.