Mary Anderson-Rowland

Associate Professor Mary R. Anderson-Rowland is the PI of an NSF STEP grant to work with five non-metropolitan community colleges to produce more engineers, especially female and underrepresented minority engineers. She also directs three academic scholarship programs, including one for transfer students.  An Associate Professor in Computing, Informatics, and Systems Design Engineering, she was the Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU from 1993-2004. Anderson-Rowland was named a top 5% teacher in the Fulton Schools of Engineering for 2009-2010. She received the WEPAN Engineering Educator Award 2009, ASEE Minorities Award 2006, the SHPE Educator of the Year 2005, and the National Engineering Award in 2003, the highest honor given by AAES. In 2002 she was named the Distinguished Engineering Educator by the Society of Women Engineers. She has over 185 publications primarily in the areas of recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minority engineering and computer science students.  Her awards are based on her mentoring of students, especially women and underrepresented minority students, and her research in the areas of recruitment and retention. A SWE and ASEE Fellow, she is a frequent speaker on career opportunities and diversity in engineering. She joined ASU in 1966.


Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Iowa, 1966
M.S., Mathematics, University of Iowa, 1963
B.A., Mathematics, Hope College, 1961

Research interests

Statistics and probability for quality control, academic scholarship programs for all engineering students with an emphasis on women and underrepresented minority students. Recruitment and Retention of Engineering and CS students, especially females, underrepresented, and transfer students.

Honors and awards

  • Best Teacher Award (Top 5%) 2009
  • WEPAN Educator’s Award, 2009
  • ASEE Minorities in Engineering Award, 2006
  • SHPE National Educator of the Year Award, 2005
  • Seven national awards

Key activities

  • SWE National Board, Special Appointee, 2009
  • WEPAN Proceedings Chair, 2007
  • ASEE PIC IV Chair, 2006-2008
  • ASEE Women in Engineering Division Chair, 2005
  • Director of three Academic Scholarship and Professional Development programs
  • PI of two NSF grants
  • Instructor of IEE 490 Senior Design Projects