Klawe to become president of Harvey Mudd College

Maria Klawe

Maria Klawe

Maria Klawe, dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science for the past three years, has been selected to become president of Harvey Mudd College, effective July 1. A liberal arts college focusing on engineering, science and mathematics education, Harvey Mudd was founded in 1955 as one of The Claremont Colleges in Claremont, Calif.

Klawe came to Princeton in January 2003 as dean of engineering and professor of computer science after 15 years on the faculty and in senior administrative positions at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC, she spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.

"We are very grateful to Maria for her leadership of the School of Engineering, and especially for creating and coordinating a strategic planning process that produced an exciting vision for the future of engineering at Princeton," said Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman. "The plan identifies as its highest priority the training of engineers who will become leaders, and builds on the core strengths of the engineering school while fostering a greater interplay with Princeton's traditional strengths in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. As we continue to carry out the plan she helped us develop for Princeton, we wish her every success in her new responsibilities at Harvey Mudd."

A search for Klawe’s successor as dean will commence shortly.