About the Dean

My undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore); my Ph.D. in Neural Sciences is from Washington University in St. Louis. I went on to more training as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Maryland (back to Baltimore) and then at Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University (now Drexel; Philadelphia) before taking a position as an assistant professor at Emory University (Atlanta). Before coming to Dayton, I had not been in one location for more than 5 years! 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.

In the time I have been in the College of Science and Mathematics I have come to understand what makes us 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 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.

As Interim Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Kathrin Engisch serves as the 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 became Interim Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Wright State University in 2020. 

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