Yvette Pearson, Ph.D, P.E., F.ASCE

Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment
Rice University

Dr. Pearson is the Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Chemistry from Southern University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from the University of New Orleans. She chairs ASCE’s Formal Engineering Education Committee, a subcommittee of the Committee on Sustainability, and is Vice Chair of ASCE’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining Rice, Dr. Pearson was a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation where she managed a portfolio of roughly $70 million in education research and implementation awards. While serving as Associate Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, she worked with a team of faculty to provide leadership in efforts to infuse principles of sustainability throughout civil and other engineering curricula. Dr. Pearson has authored/co-authored numerous papers on diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in engineering education, and was a contributing author to the Linton Atlantic book Climate Change and Sustainable Development. A Fellow of ASCE, Dr. Pearson is also a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and serves as a Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. As founder of the Pearson Evaluation and Education Research Group, LLC, Dr. Pearson passionately leads efforts to help minority serving institutions compete successfully for education funding - especially those programs aimed at broadening the participation of students from excluded identities in STEM.


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