Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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Award-Winning Harvard Administrator and Educator Hired as IMSA’s Principal

dahleh6.jpgThe Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy announced in early May 2015 that it has named Dr. Marie Dillon Dahleh as Principal. Dahleh has received several honors and awards, and in addition to her administrative work in higher education, has published research in mathematics, computer science, and engineering. She currently serves as Student Information System Advising and Degree Audit Lead at Harvard University. She began her position at IMSA in July.

"Dr. Dahleh’s passion, instructional leadership skills and strategic thinking make her an excellent fit for IMSA,” said President Dr. José M. Torres. "Her breadth of experience as faculty and administrator at the highest level of academia, as well as our community’s positive response to her candidacy, made her the ideal choice even within a strong applicant pool.”

Dr. Dahleh said she is eager to start work at IMSA. “I look forward to bringing my experience in higher education to the Academy, helping to further build an academic environment befitting IMSA’s unique and talented student body,” she said. “My high school years were where I developed my love of math, and I am excited to help bring passion for STEM to Illinois’ future leaders.”

IMSA’s new Principal has earned a Fulbright grant, a Mary Lyon Award, and was named a Terrific Teacher at the University of California Santa Barbara. She co-authored a book titled Theory of Vibration with Application, and published several academic articles, chapters, and conference proceedings on scientific and mathematical topics related to her research and teaching in higher education. Dahleh has served in leadership roles and undergraduate teaching positions at Harvard University, including Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and lecturer of Introduction to Applied Mathematics and Introduction to Scientific Computing. Prior to this, she spent 12 years at the University of California Santa Barbara in several administrative positions, including Acting Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Assistant Dean for Student Services.

Dahleh is a veteran educator and administrator in higher education with a Doctorate in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (