Professor of Electrical Engineering joins elite class for ELATE at Drexel


Dr. Joan Carletta, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected as a 2015-16 Fellow for the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) program. This elite, one of a kind professional development program is designed for women who are in STEM disciplines at academic institutions. Fellows are nominated and then mentored by their dean with the goal of developing diverse and strong leaders who are prepared to address emerging issues within their colleges, universities, and professional communities.

The incoming class for ELATE at Drexel includes 31 experienced and diverse women faculty from 22 different institutions across the country.

Dr. Carletta joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Akron in 1999. She earned a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1996, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988.

In 2009, Dr. Carletta was on the team that won the Moody Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Fluids Engineering Division. She is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Dr. Carletta served as a member of IEEE Women in Engineering Committee and the IEEE Educational Activity Board. In 2010, Carletta led the IEEE effort to develop first-year student curriculum that shows societal impact of engineering.

ELATE at Drexel is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information on the ELATE curriculum, faculty and participants, visit