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Faculty Advisors

Cynthia B. Paschal, Ph.D.

Cynthia B. Paschal, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University.  As such, she is responsible for all aspects of the undergraduate experience for engineering and computer science students.  In previous roles in the Dean’s Office, she oversaw interactions with industry including recruiting employers and coordinating the advisory board.  She was responsible for the school's international relations including facilitating one of the highest percentages of engineering and computer science students studying abroad of any US university.

Paschal's research background is in cardiac and pulmonary vascular magnetic resonance imaging.  She wrote the #1 downloaded paper in 2004 for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Her passion for teaching is reflected in several awards including the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching and the Tau Beta Pi – TN Beta teaching award.  She has interests in engineering design education and has overseen the design program and annual exposition.  She teaches service learning courses involving biomedical engineering in resource limited settings in Guatemala.  Her service to the university includes chairing the Faculty Senate and serving as University Marshal.  She is the proud parent of two daughters, enjoys engagement with St. George’s Episcopal Church, and stays active through hiking, swimming, and other activities.