Cal Poly Names Amy S. Fleischer to Lead College of Engineering

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Amy S. Fleischer, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Villanova University, will become dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering effective July 16, Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken today announced. 

Fleischer succeeds Interim Dean Jim Meagher, a longtime professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department who has served as dean for the past year after previous dean Debra Larson joined CSU Chico as provost.

Fleischer, who has taught at Villanova University since 2000, is also director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Energy Smart Electronic Research Center and the NovaTherm Research Laboratory. Her research interests include the broad topics of sustainable energy system design and thermal management of electronic systems.

“Dr. Fleischer has had an outstanding career at Villanova University,” Enz Finken said. “The combination of her leadership skills and her significant teaching, research, and development experience will serve her well as she steps into the role of dean.

“In her current and previous leadership roles, she has led with distinction, and I am confident she will continue those efforts with the College of Engineering. I am excited to welcome Dr. Fleischer to the Cal Poly community.”

Fleischer also led the development of the McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and founded of the “Engineering is for Girls! Day,” at Villanova University. Fleischer, who has advised 21 graduate students and mentored 45 undergraduate research projects, was awarded the Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2011.

She has served in numerous leadership roles at Villanova University, including as a member of the College of Engineering’s Leadership Committee, founding chair of the college’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, a steering committee member of the university’s program in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a member of the universitywide committee on diversity and inclusion.

“It is a true honor to be named dean of Cal Poly’s College of Engineering,” Fleischer said. “The College of Engineering has always been known for its outstanding engineering educational programs and its deep commitment to Learn by Doing. This commitment and passion is incredibly exciting, and I look forward to working side-by-side with the talented faculty, staff and students of the college to advance our strategic initiatives, increase our national and international visibility and expand our opportunities.”

Fleischer earned her doctorate degree in mechanical engineering in 2000 from the University of Minnesota. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.

Fleischer’s husband, Paul Fleischer, is a mechanical engineer, and her daughter, Katie Fleischer, is a first-year student at Smith College.

Amy Fleischer

About Cal Poly’s College of Engineering
Named by U.S. News and World Report as a top undergraduate engineering school, Cal Poly's College of Engineering is known as a leader in engineering education because of its Learn by Doing, hands-on approach. Starting from their first day of class their freshman year, students learn through a project- and design-centered curriculum that stresses teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration. With 5,000 engineering and computer science students, 13 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs, the college is among the largest engineering colleges in the West. For more information, visit

About Cal Poly 
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 22,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit

Contact: Matt Lazier

April 16, 2018

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