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.