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Dr. Sarah Pfatteicher is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is also Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as a steering committee member of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
As associate dean, she serves as the designated academic officer for the college, overseeing academic programs and student services for 3000 students, with a budget of $2.3M and a staff of 20, interfacing with 250 faculty in 19 academic departments. Her research emphasis is in engineering ethics and education, and disaster prevention and response. Both of these topics are covered in her recent book, Lessons amid the Rubble: an Introduction to Post-Disaster Engineering and Ethics (Hopkins, 2010). She is currently working on projects on the ethics of emergency egress plans, and ethical conduct in academic administration.
Dr. Pfatteicher serves on multiple boards and committees, including as incoming chair of the Executive Board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, and chair-elect in the north-central Academic Programs Section of the Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities. She has also worked as a consultant to the University of Wisconsin Police Department, where she is a team leader in the campus Emergency Operations Center. She received the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2009 Olmsted Award for contributions to the liberal arts within engineering, and the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award, and is a member of the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy. Dr. Pfatteicher earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Smith College and master’s and doctoral degrees in the history of science from the UW-Madison.