Delores M. Etter – an engineer, scientist and innovative leader – will become the director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education on June 1. A former deputy under secretary of defense and assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy, Etter’s own career serves as a strong example for drawing young people into math, science and engineering careers they might otherwise have assumed were out of reach.
Etter, the Institute’s first director, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The directorship and chair she will assume are made possible by a $2 million gift from the Texas Instruments Foundation.
“This new gift is yet another example of TI’s leadership in finding solutions to challenges in education,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “With this endowment, the TI Foundation has enabled us to appoint a leader who brings with her extensive experience in education, public service and research – a combination that uniquely suits the goal of advancing engineering education.”