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Cheryl B. Schrader, Chancellor
Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader is the 21st leader in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s nearly 150-year history and one of the few female engineers to ascend to the top leadership position of a college or university in the United States.
Since becoming chancellor in the spring of 2012, Schrader has led a comprehensive strategic planning effort involving thousands of Missouri S&T stakeholders. “Rising to the Challenge: Missouri S&T’s Strategy for Success” sets the university’s bold course through 2020 and beyond. The plan focuses on providing a top return on investment to Missouri S&T’s key customers and has already resulted in strong public-private partnerships. Since 2012, Missouri S&T has secured a 27 percent increase in state appropriations based on the strength of the plan and progress toward its goals. Under Chancellor Schrader’s leadership, the university has realized a 16 percent increase in total enrollment, an 18 percent increase in ranked faculty, a 36 percent increase in ranked female faculty, a 59 percent increase in U.S. patents filed and a 26 percent average increase in gifts. The number of license and option agreements has doubled.
Previously, Schrader was associate vice president for strategic research initiatives at Boise State University. While dean of Boise State’s College of Engineering from 2003 to 2011, the college’s undergraduate enrollment increased by 60 percent, graduate enrollment increased by 36 percent, and funding for research grants and contracts more than tripled.
Schrader earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., in 1984. She earned master of science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Her research background is in the area of systems and control. Schrader has received several best paper awards; authored approximately 100 publications in the areas of systems and control, robotics, and intelligent systems, with biomedical, networking and aircraft applications; and delivered more than 100 invited presentations and keynote addresses. Her grant and contract funding exceeds $11 million. A past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society, she continues to serve as a member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. This commission, which is dedicated to providing world leadership in stimulating innovation and excellence in engineering, today accredits 2,100 engineering programs at more than 400 colleges and universities.
Schrader began her teaching and research career at the University of Notre Dame while undertaking internships and consulting work with McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. in the early 1980s and Chimera Research in the early 1990s. Following a brief period as an adjunct assistant professor at Rice University in 1991, Schrader moved to the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she rose to serve as a tenured professor of electrical engineering and associate dean at both a college of sciences and a college of engineering. Passionate about increasing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, Schrader’s current research interests focus on creating and assessing innovative learning methods to help students of all ages succeed in the STEM areas.
Schrader is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House; the IEEE Education Society Hewlett-Packard/Harriett B. Rigas Award; the Idaho Women Making History Award; and the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award. She was also named one of Valparaiso University’s Top 150 Most Influential People. She received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering division of the American Society for Engineering Education and was named an IEEE Fellow in 2014 in recognition of her leadership and contributions in engineering education.
Schrader’s husband, Jeff, served for many years in the legal profession. They have one son, Andrew, who is in graduate school and studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, and one daughter, Ella, who attends elementary school in Rolla.