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Drexel ELATES Leadership Program Welcomes Pitt Professor Lisa Maillart in 2022-23 Cohort

Lisa Maillart, Interim Chair of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected for the Class of 2022-2023 of Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program. ELATES is a national leadership development program designed to promote women in academic STEM fields, and faculty allies of all genders, into institutional leadership roles.

The Class of 2022-2023 ELATES Fellows is a prestigious cohort of 30 faculty members from over 25 institutions of higher education across the U.S. and Canada. The ELATES Fellows include experts in engineering, mathematics, and science, all of whom have significant administrative experience on top of their scholarly accomplishments. Maillart was nominated by senior leadership for this intensive, year-long program, which includes eight to 10 hours per week of personal and leadership development work as well as three series of on-site work in the Philadelphia area.

Maillart’s research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty for medical decision making and healthcare applications, as well as maintenance operations. She was appointed interim chair of the Swanson School of Engineering’s IE program in April 2022. 

“I am honored to have been accepted into the ELATES program especially at this point in my career as I help to advance our industrial engineering program into its next century of growth,” Maillart said. “I am also thankful to the school leadership who nominated me and I look forward to joining with the ELATES cohort to enhance our leadership skills and transform our schools.”

Other Swanson School professors who have participated in ELATES at Drexel include Melissa Bilec (civil & environmental), Anne Robertson (mechanical & materials science), and Judy Yang (chemical & petroleum). 

Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the ELATES curriculum is focused on increasing Fellows’ personal and professional leadership effectiveness, from the ability to lead and manage change initiatives within institutions, to the use of strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions. Pairing online instruction and discussion with intensive, in-person seminar sessions, the program encourages Fellows to apply what they’ve learned at their home institutions. Ultimately, it aims to create a network of exceptional faculty who bring broad organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve.

Sharon Walker, PhD, executive director of the ELATES program and dean of Drexel University’s College of Engineering shares her excitement for welcoming the newest class of Fellows. “I am thrilled to welcome this talented new cohort of ELATES fellows as they join the community of distinguished alumnae who are committed to lifelong learning and leadership development. I am excited to see what impact they will not only have this year on their home campuses, but more broadly to the higher education STEM community in the future.”