Tammy L. Richards, P.E. is a business executive with a passion for
education. Ms. Richards is the Associate Dean of the Lyle School of
Engineering at Southern Methodist University and the Executive Director
of The Infinity Project in the Institute of Engineering Education at
Southern Methodist University, positions she assumed in October 2003.
At Southern Methodist University, Ms. Richards is responsible for
operations, enrollment, marketing, communications, and outreach for the
Lyle School of Engineering. Her goals include doubling the size of the
engineering student population and achieving gender parity at the
school. In addition, she is responsible for expanding The Infinity
Project, a high school engineering project.
Previously, Ms. Richards held marketing and management positions in her
career at Texas Instruments, including Vice President of Marketing for
TI's Educational and Productivity Solutions (E&PS) business. Ms.
Richards was responsible for the marketing strategy for the $500 million
Ms. Richards has directed educator professional development, educator
conferences, market development, and customer service. In addition, Ms.
Richards had responsibility for relationship management with leading
educational organizations such as the National Council Teachers of
Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National
Ms. Richards managed and grew the highly successful T3 program, Teachers
Teaching with Technology. Her staff organized workshops and seminars for
10,000 teachers per year to help educators successfully integrate
handheld educational technology in the classroom. To complement the T3
program, Ms. Richards created the groundbreaking Technology for All
Students program - a train-the-trainer program to expand the use of
educational technology to urban schools.
Ms. Richards is President of the Board of Head Start of Greater Dallas,
a $40 million non-profit agency. In addition, she is past co-chair and
steering team member of the Greater Dallas Chamber Women's Business
Conference, a volunteer-run conference for 2000 women. Ms. Richards
served on the Advisory Board of the Women's Issues Council for the
Greater Dallas Chamber, is a member of the Executive Women's Roundtable,
and has completed Leadership Texas and Leadership Dallas.
Ms. Richards received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M
University, summa cum laude, and a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School
of Business. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of