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Julia Ross

Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering


Julia Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, began her tenure as dean on July 31, 2017. She holds tenured appointments in the departments of chemical engineering and engineering education.


Ross holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue and a doctoral degree from Rice University, both in chemical engineering.


Ross came to Virginia Tech from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she was dean of engineering and information technology. Since joining the UMBC faculty in 1995, Ross served in various roles, including chair of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, and supported inter-institutional research initiatives as a special assistant to the provost.


Ross’ research focus centers on the role of fluid mechanics in infection formation in the cardiovascular system. During her career, Ross has received $12.9 million in external funding with a personal share of $9.97 million.