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Dean, College of Engineering
Oregon State University

Sandra WoodsDr. Sandra Woods obtained a B.S. in civil engineering from Michigan State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Washington. She joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 1984 and became dean of the College of Engineering beginning July 2012.

Dr. Woods is an environmental engineer, specializing in the bioremediation and biotransformation of environmental contaminants. In 1985, she was awarded an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award for her work related to the biotransformation of chlorinated organic compounds in anaerobic environments. Dr. Woods has taught a variety of courses at Colorado State and Oregon State Universities and received the College of Engineering Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching from Oregon State University in 1998.

Dr. Woods has served in a variety of administrative roles. At Oregon State, she served as faculty associate to Provost Roy Arnold from 1991 to 1992 and from 1996 through 1998. She helped launch Oregon State’s distance and continuing education programs and served as interim dean of Distance and Continuing Education from 1998 through 1999. During her tenure, OSU established several asynchronous degree programs, grew enrollments, and developed successful partnerships with community colleges throughout Oregon. Dr. Woods was awarded the “Beaver Champion Award” in 1997 for her contributions to the development of Oregon State’s distance education programs.

In 2001, Dr. Woods was appointed head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. She served as department head through her appointment as interim dean in 2005. During that period, the department’s research program doubled, enrollments increased, and its environmental and water resources engineering program was identified as one of only sixteen “Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence” at CSU.

During 2004 and 2005, Dr. Woods served as interim vice provost for special projects, leading Colorado State’s Office of International Programs, Division of Distance and Continuing Education, and Graduate School. In 2008 (while serving as dean of the College of Engineering), she served as interim vice provost for faculty affairs. Between 2005 and 2012, she served as dean of Colorado State University’s College of Engineering. CSU's College of Engineering is home to five academic departments, about 100 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 350 staff, 1900 undergraduate students and 650 graduate students and conducts $64M in research annually. 

In 2010, the Colorado section of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) awarded Dr. Woods the General Palmer Award as the “Outstanding Engineer in Industry” for her leadership and contributions to engineering in the State of Colorado.