Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STEM education, especially concerning women and underrepresented minorities; nanotechnology; magnetism
Liesl Folks is uniquely positioned to speak about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, especially as it relates to women and underrepresented minorities, because of her extensive experience working in Silicon Valley and her current role leading UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
While at UB, Folks helped spearhead an initiative through the American Society for Engineering Education in which more than 150 engineering deans throughout North America committed to increasing diversity and inclusiveness within their respective schools.
She also has launched several initiatives to promote K-12 STEM education in Western New York.
An internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and magnetism, Folks in 2013 received the AVS Excellence in Leadership award, a national honor for mentoring science and engineering students.
Liesl Folks, PhD
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences