Amit Shukla, PhD, is the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. The CSE is the fastest growing college at Seattle University, with 100 faculty members in eight departments and a student body of more than 1,300 students Dr. Shukla leads the college at a time of major progress in Seattle University’s STEM programs, as the university embraces new institutional partnerships and students explore their potential in the new Center for Science and Innovation.
Dr. Shukla’s career as an academic and administrator has been marked by a commitment to innovation, transparency, collaboration and inclusion. For two decades, he has served in various leadership roles at Miami University, Ohio, with progressively increasing responsibility. He has extensive experience in supporting student success and faculty development, fostering multidisciplinary teaching and research, fundraising, engaging with alumni and forging mutually enriching partnerships with industry.
Before being named chair in 2018, Dr. Shukla was the founding director of the Miami University Center for Assistive Technology, which identifies socially relevant problems and develops engineering solutions by engaging students in interdisciplinary research. He has served and chaired several university committees, providing leadership in such areas as budget planning, college affordability and faculty development.
Mara Rempe is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the College of Science and Engineering. She received a B.S in Chemistry at Seattle University and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Rempe served as the Director of New Student Registration for 19 years. She also served on many campus-wide committees in support of students and pursuit of academic excellence, including committees for the implementation of the updated Core Curriculum.
Current responsibilities for Dr. Rempe as Associate Dean include program review, college assessment and oversight of scheduling. She enjoys data driven projects. Committee work continues with service on the university policy and college curriculum committees.
Katie Kuder is Associate Dean and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering. Dr. Kuder received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University in 2000. She earned a M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2005) in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, specializing in Structural Engineering and Materials.
Dr. Kuder’s research focuses on the characterization and optimization of cement-based materials, in both the fresh and hardened states, and the development of newly engineered cement-based composites that can be tailored for specific applications, with an emphasis on sustainability. She is currently investigating the use of recycled concrete aggregate as a replacement for virgin aggregate. She is also working on developing a methodology to 3D print cementitious materials for rapid construction.
Jennifer Coogan is an Assistant Dean in the College of Science and Engineering. Jennifer has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience in student affairs having served as an associate dean of advising and student support programs, English lead in a tutoring center, and advisor to TRiO or similar programs serving first-generation and low-income students. She has performed these duties at community colleges as well as private and public 4-year institutions. Jennifer has also worked as a developmental English instructor, a research associate at a professional association in D.C., and has been a project lead on several U.S. government grants including school dropout prevention initiatives. She earned her MEd in Reading from University of Maryland, and her MA in Community Counseling and BA in Psychology from Marist College.