About the Dean

photo of interim dean kathrin engischKathrin Engisch, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics since 2020, serves as the college’s chief administrative and academic officer. The dean is responsible for maintaining and developing excellence in both graduate and undergraduate programs, providing leadership in faculty recruitment, directing strategic planning processes, promoting diversity, and allocation of the budget.

Dr. Engisch earned her B.A. in chemistry from John Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in neural sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. She received more training as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland and at Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hanhemann University (now Drexel). She was an assistant professor at Emory University before coming to Wright State in 2005.

“Before coming to Dayton, I had not been in one location for more than 5 years,” she said. “I chose to join Wright State University and the College of Science and Mathematics in 2005 and never left. I was drawn to Wright State because of three things: the collaborative spirit of the faculty and staff; the passion of the students; and the way everyone I met was genuinely glad to be here.”

Dr. Engisch said she sees several areas in which Wright State and COSM are unique.

“Students learn from and work with faculty and staff who are experts in their disciplines. The quantity and quality of original scholarship is sufficient to accommodate all of our students if they are interested. The involvement of faculty with students is direct and one-on-one, but the project choices are as numerous and broad as those found at larger institutions. Comfortable, but cutting edge—a rare combination.

“It is my honor to serve as interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.”

The Office of the Dean is located in 134 Oelman Hall, phone 937-775-2611.