Natacha DePaola

Dean @ Armour College of Engineering - Illinois Institute of Technology

Natacha DePaola is the Carol and Ed Kaplan Armour Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA (2009-present).  Dr. DePaola holds a Ph.D. degree in Medical Engineering/Medical Physics from the Division of Health Science and Technology at Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She completed postdoctoral training at Columbia University and held faculty positions at Northwestern University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where she also served as department head of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. DePaola’s research interests are in the broad area of biofluid dynamics, cell mechanics, cell and tissue engineering, cell bioreactor design, and bioelectromagnetism at the cell and molecular level. In her role as Engineering Dean, Dr. DePaola is committed to excellence in technology-focused education with a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurial and ethical practice of engineering. She is leading distinctive education initiatives emphasized by the opportunity to apply ongoing learning and technical knowledge to the solution of current problems of global impact. Dr. DePaola is the 2016 chair-elect of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GDEC), to assume the role as GDEC chair in October 2017-2019.