Dean & Leadership Team
Sharon L. Wood
Sharon L. Wood was appointed interim dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in October 2013. She holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #14. With 270 faculty, more than 7,500 students, and annual research expenditures exceeding $150 million, the Cockrell School is a top ranked engineering school.
Prior to her appointment as the ninth dean of the Cockrell School, Wood served as the chair of the school’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering for five years. She joined the Cockrell School faculty in 1996.
Wood has been nationally recognized for her research on the earthquake response of reinforced concrete structures. Earlier this year she was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer. Wood is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute and currently serves as its vice president. She has served on federal advisory committees for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and the U.S. Geological Survey.