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As associate dean, Sunniva Collins will design career-boosting degrees

Sunniva Collins, MS ’91, PhD ’94, the president of the Case Alumni Association, has been elevated to the position of Associate Dean of Professional Programs at the Case School  of Engineering. 

In the newly created role, she’ll oversee the school’s professional graduate degree programs, including the Masters of Engineering and the Masters of Engineering and Management degrees. She will also lead the development of new, accelerated master’s degree programs — with ambitious alumni in mind. 

The Case School of Engineering  has been launching graduate programs that can add new skills and luster to a resume relatively quickly. For example, a new master’s in chemical engineering program, spanning one year, is designed for professionals who lack a chemical  engineering undergraduate degree. 

“These are additive educations, on top of a bachelor’s degree, that would  allow someone to pivot or advance a  career,” Collins said. 

She added that she plans to develop a specialty master’s program for nearly  every program at CSE. 

“I am grateful for the leadership and expertise she brings to advancing these important initiatives,” Dean Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan said upon announcing her appointment. 

Collins, who assumed the new title Jan. 1, remains on the faculty of  the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where she is an associate professor. 

Learn more about the accelerated master’s degrees HERE.

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