Meet Dean José R. Sánchez
José R. Sánchez Biography
Dr. José R. Sánchez is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences at Merrimack College, assuming the role in July 2022. He has devoted his career to providing students with transformative experiences in the classroom to ensure that they are lifelong learners.
He comes to Merrimack from Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he served as the dean of the School of Engineering. During his time at Wentworth, Sánchez oversaw all aspects of the engineering school including the development of a strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, introducing industry-sponsored interdisciplinary projects and establishing an articulation agreement with Mass Bay Community College for the computer, electrical and mechanical engineering programs.
Prior to Wentworth, Dr. Sánchez was at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy), where he launched seven innovative engineering programs and served as the Founding Director of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering and Associate Dean in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences.
Before his time at UIndy, he spent from 2002-2016 at Bradley University, where he served as a teacher-scholar in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 2011, he was the recipient of the university-wide Caterpillar, Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching.
His research interests lie in embedded systems and signal processing, emphasizing medical diagnostics and musical instrument modeling, and engineering education research. Dr. Sánchez is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Additionally, he is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Project Management Institute, and Tau Beta Pi. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Bradley University and his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.