Theresa A. Maldonado

Director of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States. Her division is responsible for integrating disciplinary basic research and education into strategic fra- meworks critical to addressing societal grand challenges and to promoting innovation. Research included in the EEC portfolio spans both the physical and life sciences and engineering, from nanostructured materials to new device concepts, subsystems, and complex engineered systems. EEC also supports formal scholarly studies in engineering education and on how people learn, and it invests in faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, post doctoral scholars, and K-12 teachers. Prior to joining NSF in 2011, Dr. Maldonado served in a number of leadership positions for the Texas A&M University System, including Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, the Founding Director of the Energy Engineering Institute, and Pro- fessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In her various roles at Texas A&M, she developed partnerships with industry, state and federal government agencies, and others for research fun- ding, technology commercialization, and regional economic development.

Dr. Maldonado earned the Ph.D., M.S.E.E., and B.E.E. with Highest Honors degrees in electrical engi- neering, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.