Dr. Gilda Barabino 

PhD, President
American Association for the Advancement of Science
President, Olin College of Engineering

Gilda A. Barabino is the second president of Olin College of Engineering. She is leading the college into its next chapter as it continues its mission to transform engineering education around the world. Prior to becoming president of Olin College, Dr. Barabino held academic and administrative appointments at the City College of New York, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Northeastern University. A chemical engineer by training, with broad interests in global health and interdisciplinary research and education, Dr. Barabino has pioneered new engineering approaches to solve problems in medicine. She is an internationally recognized thought leader and highly soughtafter speaker and consultant on race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering, with particular focus on creating cultures and climates that support a sense of belonging. In recognition of her visionary leadership and outstanding professional achievement, Dr. Barabino has received many of the highest honors in academia. In 2021, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Dr. Barabino leads on a global stage. She is president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest interdisciplinary scientific society. Dr. Barabino received a B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. from Rice University.