Leaders in Administration

Theresa Maldonado

From 1981 to 1986, Theresa Maldonado was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, working in optical fiber systems, fiber components, and cable design. She joined Texas A&M University in 2003 as Associate Dean for Research of the Dwight Look College of Engineering and Assoc. Director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. At NSF she was recognized with the 2001 Director’s Award for Program Management Excellence and the Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for her services on the CAREER Coordinating Committee and with a Certificate of Appreciation for Distinguished Service in the Development of the NSF Program entitled ADVANCE. Furthermore, she was an invited participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) and the German-American Frontiers of Engineering (GAFOE) meetings in 2002. In 2004 the NAE appointed her to the Committee on Diversity of the Engineering Workforce (CDEW). She currently serves on the national boards for the OSA/SPIE Hands-On-Optics project and Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) as well as on the advisory board for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Edward W. Romero

Edward W. Romero was appointed to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2000 and was the first Hispanic dean (assistant dean). As assistant dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, he oversees undergraduate recruitment, retention and student development. He provides academic advising and support to students and oversees the college’s satellite recruiting office in South Texas. He has also held the position of assistant to the dean for Multicultural Affairs. He is nationally recognized for co-developing the AgForLife concept; a model depicting opportunities in agriculture, food and life sciences. It depicts the visual integration of agriculture in various systems of society and how it interacts with programs in agricultural education to provide opportunities in multiple fields. He is also founder and advisor of the AgForLife Student Association at Texas A&M. Originally from Santa Rosa, New Mexico, he received a bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and a master’s in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University. He supported his undergraduate studies on a scholarship as part of a rodeo team. Currently, he is finishing his doctorate in the Agricultural Education Department at Texas A&M University.

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