Jacqueline El-Sayed

Jacqueline El-Sayed
Kettering University, United States
Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University.  Kettering University is a private, undergraduate focused, polytechnic university with the renowned Kettering Cooperative & Experiential Education Program, a leader in work-integrated learning. In her role, she is the senior member of the Provost Council, supervising six departments and representative to the Engineering Dean’s Council.  Dr. El-Sayed holds the endowed chair title of the Richard L. Terrell Professor of Excellence in Teaching and has also been recognized with the Diversity Champion Award, the Rodes Professorship, the Educational Scholar Award and twice as Advisor of the Year. Her technical areas of expertise include engineering education, commercial vehicle safety, and manufacturing optimization.

In addition to her work in academia, and after working as engineer in the trucking industry, Dr. El-Sayed served for over ten years in public service roles for the State of Michigan. She was appointed four times by the Governor of the State of Michigan as Commissioner for the Michigan Truck Safety Commission, overseeing commercial vehicle safety and served two elected terms as chair, nominated by the Commanding Officer of the Michigan State Police, Traffic Safety Division. She also chaired two state traffic safety committees for Michigan’s Secretary of State which resulted in new legislation in Michigan. Following this, she was elected as one of seven members of the Board of Education for the nationally recognized Bloomfield Hills Schools.

In recognition for her leadership in higher education, industry and public service, in 2008 Dr. El-Sayed was selected an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. Her host campus was Harvey Mudd College with mentor, President Maria Klawe.

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kettering University as well as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She serves as the senior member of the Provost’s Council, represents the Provost and is signatory in his absence. She directly supervises five academic departments as well as Kettering’s renowned Experiential & Co-operative Education Department. She is also responsible for overseeing all accreditation as well as university-wide planning and assessment as Chair of the Planning & Assessment Council. Prior to her work in higher education, she held an engineering position in industry at General Motors Truck Group.

In addition to her work at Kettering, she is active in public service.
She was appointed four times by the governor to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission (MTSC) as the commissioner representing all four year colleges and universities. She was twice elected chair, nominated by the Commanding Officer of the Michigan State Police, where she used her engineering background to analyze data to strategically target resources and streamline processes. During her tenure, the State of Michigan was ranked first and the MTSC was recognized nationally for commercial vehicle safety. In parallel, Dr. El-Sayed served as advisor to Michigan’s Secretary of State and chaired several Department of State traffic safety committees that resulted in new legislation in Michigan. She currently serves as an elected Trustee for the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education, a premiere public school district ranked top ten in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports.


In 2008-2009, she was recognized by the American Council on Education as an ACE Fellow, during which she completed a rigorous executive development program and interned at Harvey Mudd College with President Maria Klawe. Dr. El-Sayed is active in the area of women in science, technology engineering and math (STEM). She has served as one of the executive officers for the ASEE Women in Education Division, participated in national STEM initiatives and is an international speaker and consultant.