“The ACE Fellows program embodies ACE’s goal of enriching the ability of agile leaders to problem solve and innovate, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse leadership pipeline in higher education,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Scholars continue to excel in prominent leadership roles, and the potential for this new cohort to bring strong leadership to institutions across America excites me immensely.”
Camesano has been a WPI faculty member for 22 years with appointments in chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and biomedical engineering. In her role as Dean, she is the primary advocate for over 2,000 graduate students, oversees 23 doctoral programs, 45 master’s programs, and numerous graduate certificates, including 14 fully online master’s programs. She is also a member of the Provost’s Cabinet and the President’s Management Council. As evidenced by his numerous appointments, Camesano’s career has focused on advocating for all students and integrating research and education into interdisciplinary training programs. One of the highlights includes her role as Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Training Innovative Leaders in Biofabrication (2012-2020) program, in which she created and led a highly interdisciplinary higher education program for 20 years. PhD students in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biology and biotechnology, physics and interdisciplinary studies. This program supported the development of an innovative mindset in STEM doctoral students through interdisciplinary coursework, a graduate certificate program in entrepreneurship, experiential opportunities, and professional development. As part of this work, she launched a series of seminars for the professional development of graduate students, with topics such as career preparation, communication skills, work-life balance, ethics, global impact and innovation. This series of seminars was eventually expanded and institutionalized for all WPI graduate students. Other honors include the Fulbright International Educational Administrators Program (2018), the ELATES Program at Drexel (2012-2013), HERS (2011-2012), and the President’s Exemplary Faculty Award at WPI (2014).
“I am thrilled that Dean Camesano has been selected as one of this year’s ACE Fellows,” said Winston Oluwole (Wole) Soboyejo, Provost and Senior Vice President. “This is great recognition of the great work she has done as Dean of Graduate Studies and as Director of the very successful NSF IGERT program. I look forward to working with Terri as she enters this next phase of her leadership development.
As a member of the 2022-2023 ACE Scholars class, Camesano will participate in retreats, interactive learning opportunities, tours of campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement in a another institution of higher learning to condense years of on-the-job experience. and skills development in a single year.
During the internship, fellows observe and work with the president and other senior staff at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of concern. Fellows also carry out pressing projects for their home institution and seek to implement their findings at the end of the internship.
At the end of the fellowship year, fellows return to their home institution with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity building efforts, as well as a network of peers across the country and abroad .