Dr. Molly M. Gribb has served as Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (EMS) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since July 2015. The College of EMS includes seven ABET accredited engineering degrees in addition to broad field science, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and sustainability and renewable energy systems degree programs with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3400 students, 175 online Master of Science in Engineering students, and 200 faculty and staff. During her tenure at UW-Platteville, thus far, she has led college efforts to secure approval of a $55M engineering building by the Wisconsin State Legislature, instituted a college strategic plan, developed a corporate-funded senior design program, and significantly strengthened partnerships with industry. She also has created a new Foundation fund to support undergraduate research in the college.
Dr. Gribb previously served as head of civil and environmental engineering department at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. During her tenure as department head, she developed a new Ph.D. program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as two undergraduate minors and initiated campus-wide research strategic planning efforts.
Prior to School of Mines, Dr. Gribb was professor of civil and environmental engineering at Boise State University. While there, she served as Director of the Center of Environmental Sensing, and led a multidisciplinary research team in the completion of a subsurface contaminant sensor project.
Dr. Gribb focused her research efforts in the areas of unsaturated soil physics and soil and ground water flow and transport. She has secured over $7.5 million in external funding for projects and grants, including National Science Foundation CAREER and Army Research Office Young Investigator Program awards. She has published over 100 papers and abstracts and mentored many undergraduate and graduate students during her academic career.
Dr. Gribb earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a registered professional engineer in Idaho and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Gribb has served as a member of the ASCE Department Heads’ Coordinating Council, and the editorial boards of the ASCE GeoStrata magazine and the American Society for Testing and Materials Geotechnical Testing Journal. She currently serves on ABET’s Academic Advisory Council, Kiewit Corporation’s University Advisory Council, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Deans’ Institute planning committee.