Delores M. Etter

Dr. Delores M. Etter, Caruth Professor of Engineering Education at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering and recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity’s “100 Inspiring Women in STEM” award, will deliver the commencement address, “Creating Opportunities,” during Lyle’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

An internationally recognized leader in science and technology and engineering education, Dr. Etter is also a recipient of the Federal WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Lifetime Achievement Award, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Harriet B. Rigas Award, the Charles Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award from the University of Colorado, the IEEE Education Society Achievement Award, the IEEE Millennium Medal, and the SPIE Defense Security Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a fellow of IEEE, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Etter has held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the United States Naval Academy and has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of the National Science Board. Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 2005-2007, Dr. Etter has been honored by the Department of the Navy whose top annual awards for scientists and engineers bear her name.

Dr. Etter joined the Lyle School of Engineering in June 2008 as a professor in the electrical engineering department. She holds a joint appointment in the computer science and engineering department and is a Distinguished Fellow in the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security. From 2008-2015, she held the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education and served as founding director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.

Dr. Etter leads a research program at SMU in biometrics, with emphasis on iris recognition and on using cloud computing for real-time biometric identification. Her teaching has focused on communications, adaptive signal processing algorithms, and the design of large software systems.

Dr. Etter received her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Write State University and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico


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About the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees.