Dr. Theresa A. Maldonado, P.E., is the Dean and Riter Endowed Professor of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso, since July 2017. She is the former Founding Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
Dr. Maldonado’s academic career spans 28 years at four other universities – UTRGV, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Health Science Center, and The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA – with 17 of those years in various research administration roles.
Dr. Maldonado has extensive experience at the federal level in advancing research and commercialization initiatives. From Jan. 2011 she served four years as a director in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She was responsible for a $130M budget in support of interdisciplinary research centers, research translation, innovations in engineering education, special initiatives in support of military veterans, and workforce development programs.
Before entering academia, Dr. Maldonado was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories for five years working on optical components and systems.
Dr. Maldonado earned the Ph.D., M.S.E.E., and B.E.E. with Highest Honors degrees in Electrical Engineering, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.