from the Community

Members of the Olin Community both near and far have offered their congratulations and thoughts on the selection of Dr. Gilda Barabino as Olin’s second President.

To leave a welcome message, click here.

If you prefer to reach out to Gilda with a private message you can do so by emailing

“Congratulations on your appointment. Olin has made a fantastic choice.”

Audrey Aduama, colleague from Northeastern University


“ Gilda - Congratulations on your appointment as the President of Olin College. This is a well-deserved honor. It was great to read about your many accomplishments. I also wanted to let you know that I am using your article, "Narrations of race in STEM research settings: Identity formation and its discontents," (Malone & Barabino, 2009) in a qualitative metasynthesis on identity and science learning that will be part of a book on this topic.”

Dr. Sylvia James


“Dear Dr. Barabino - we are so lucky to welcome you to the Olin community! Best of luck for the next couple of months and I'm looking forward to meeting you soon.”

Katya Donovan P'20


“Dr. Barabino, it is with great joy and excitement that we welcome you into the Olin family! I look forward to working with you.”

Sharon Breitbart
Senior Program Director for External Engagement


“Our family is new to Olin this year as well and we wish you the best coming in at these unprecedented times. We're all in this together.”

Donna Maywar P'23


“Dear Gilda, Olin could not have made a better choice! I feel lucky to have known your previously from your work at the EDI, CUNY and then at NYSCI together. I look forward to seeing you take Olin to the next level and to chart a continuing path to the future of 21st century higher education." Sincerely, Al

Al Bunshaft
Olin President's Council and Dassault Systemes


“Dear Dr. Barabino, what a pleasure to welcome you to Olin! This is a special place working to make a real difference in the world, and it is so exciting to welcome a leader who has embraced and lived this journey. Looking forward to working with you!”

Ruth Levine
Director of Business Development


“Dear Dr. Barabino — I’m excited to join you on campus in the fall! It really means a lot, as a female student of color, to see someone like myself in an influential position, and I can’t wait to see where the direction of your leadership will take us!”

Berwin Lan ’24


“As Babson Trustee with Larry Milas I knew of his dream to establish the finest most progressive engineering college in the world. Our President Rick Miller has certainly accomplished that. Am sure all the President Council members welcome you and are delighted you will lead Olin in new ways of thinking, and executing not only in engineering and science but also some liberals arts. Cheers to your "Yes" to lead Olin forward!”

Elizabeth P. Powell
Retired Chr & Co-Founder of DMT, Inc.


“BRAVO! She sounds AMAZING.”

Carole Landisman P'21


“Excellent choice and thanks to the whole team for their diligent and thoughtful review of each candidate. Kudos! I'm confident that Dr Barabino is bringing a new perspective, and more robust opportunities for our sons and daughters, as she continues to steer Olin towards the horizon. Looking forward to reading more ground breaking experiences from the Olin family. Welcome on board Dr. Barabino!”

Sade Owolabi


“Congratulations and welcome to Olin! Our community is already brimming with excitement, and we can't wait to welcome you to campus soon!”

Sara Spence Adams


“Dr. Barabino - Welcome to the Olin community! Our student is (faux) graduating this year but I'm still very excited to stay in touch and see what's next for Olin. Enjoy!”

Rob Meyerson P’20


“Dear President-elect Barabino, it is such a joy to know that we are in your good hands as we turn this corner into our third decade, and Dear Gilda, it is an honor to welcome you to our family, where it feels like you already belong.”

Lynn Andrea Stein
Professor and Special Advisor


“Welcome to the community, Dr. Barabino! We are so lucky to have someone like you lead this next chapter, and I so look forward to seeing how the value of caring for one another manifests under your leadership.”

Andrea Cuadra ‘13


“Dear Dr. Barabino, We are so excited to have you join us at Olin. It's clear from your experience and professional passion that you are a perfect fit to lead our community. As you have likely already seen and heard during your visits to campus, the library is the heart of our campus and we hope you'll stop by often. Please never hesitate to ask me or my staff for any help we can provide. Congratulations and welcome!”

Callan Bignoli
Director of the Library


“Dr. Barabino, welcome to the Olin community! It is a special place full of passionate people who care about the world and each other. I envy you as you begin to immerse yourself in our bubble - having been out of it for a few years now, I am often nostalgic for the community Olin provides (especially in this time of social isolation). I look forward to following your journey as you lead the college through its third decade and beyond, and I cannot wait to shake your hand next time I am on campus. Best wishes for a smooth transition.”

Meg Lidrbauch ‘17


“Dr. Barabino, we're so excited to welcome you to Olin! I can't wait to see what your leadership and perspective brings to the Olin community, and how it shapes what we contribute to the world. As a graduating senior this year, I hope to get to know you in the future. Looking forward to seeing how you shake things up!”

Gracey Wilson ‘20


“Welcome to the Olin community! I'm so excited to see how you help shape engineering education for future students, and how the school grows from your leadership. Now more than ever the world needs us to care about and help one another, and I am so glad to see that as a core focus of what brings you and Olin together.”

Hannah Sarver ‘13


“Congratulations, and welcome, Gilda! This is a memorable day for you and the Olin community. Looking forward to meeting you in person! In the meantime, wishing you and your family good health and a smooth transition to this next phase in your lives. Kind regards from a CCNY School of Engineering graduate.”

Diana Dabby
Assoc. Prof. Elect. Engn. and Music; Music Program Director


“Dear Gilda, Many congratulations on your appointment. Olin is a great friend of NMITE in the UK and we will be looking forward to supporting you and the Olin community, as ever. I very much look forward to meeting you and perhaps, welcoming you in the UK."

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon


“Dr. Barabino, As a member of Olin's founding four classes, and former CORe president, I am thrilled to welcome you to our Olin family. I have heard wonderful things from the selection committee about you, and look forward as an alumni, to helping support your vision in reimagining Olin. Welcome!”

Michael Ducker ‘09
Director Product, Chime


“Welcome! What an amazing furtherance of your journey you’re about to undertake. Remember that you have close friends in the UK in the form of NMITE. We hope to meet you once the situation improves and wish you the very, very best time of your life.”

Karen Usher
Founding Trustee


“Welcome, Dr. Barabino! I hope you feel the warm virtual-embrace of our community. I am thrilled about your appointment and look forward to working with you to advance the next chapter for Olin!”

Alanna Boyd
Director of Development


“Congratulations to you on the appointment, Olin College as an institution, and all the Olin College students - past, present, and future! Over the past five years, it has been a pleasure to work alongside the passionate professionals at Olin. They've been great contributors to the partner universities of KEEN. I'm thrilled that we will have opportunity to work together in coming months and years as Olin continues to be a beacon for innovation in engineering education. Looking forward to it!”

Doug Melton
Program Director, Kern Family Foundation (KEEN)


“Finally! Today is the day! Welcome to Olin, Dr. Barabino! I can't wait to meet you and to help build upon Olin's core values as we move forward in new and exciting ways!" #OlinsNextChapter

Adam Coulter
Digital Marketing Manager


“What a joyous and well-deserved announcement. Lucky Olin College of Engineering! Looking forward to congratulating you in person.”

Daniel Berg
Interim Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami


“Dr. Barabino, Welcome to Olin! I look forward to having a conversation about sickle cell disease and I hope you will have time to visit my biology class this fall for a discussion as this disorder figures prominently in our study of human genetics and new technologies for heritable disorders." All the best, 

Helen Donis-Keller


“I'm so excited to welcome you to Olin! We are going to do great things together. :)”

Riley Zito ‘20


“Hello Dr. Barabino! I just wanted to say welcome to the Olin community. It's so cool to see someone with such a fascinating background, in terms of academics, your approach to education, work around the idea of belonging, and everything else you've done. I can't wait for you to join our community and for all of us to get to know you and work with you!”

Nolan Flynn ‘23


“Gilda, I am simply thrilled that you will be our next president. I cannot wait for the whole community to get to know you, for you to get to know all of us, and for us all to see what we can accomplish under your leadership! Welcome!”

Alison Wood


“ Dr. Barabino, I am so thrilled to welcome you to Olin College! We are so excited to have you join our community. The hawks are excited, too.”

Kristin Cassasanto
Program Director for External Engagement


“Welcome, Dr. Barabino. We are honored to have you at Olin. I think you'll be glad you joined this amazing community.”

Cheryl Greene P‘17


“As a senior I won't have the honor of being a student under you, but I am so excited about everything you will bring to this school! Welcome to the Olin community!”

Diego Alvarez ‘20


“Welcome to our community where educating engineers is always a wild ride! I look forward to working with you.”

Linda Canavan
Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Registrar



Alia Georges
Office of Admission and Financial Aid


“Welcome to Olin, Gilda! We are all delighted at this news and look forward to your arrival. I am excited to see all that we can do together to advance the Olin mission!”

Lauren Taaffe
Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives


“Gilda, I am thrilled to have you join us as our next president. Having had the opportunity to meet with you, I know that your interests and passion are perfectly aligned with Olin and I feel confident that you will be our next great leader. I know that you are starting in challenging times, but sometimes those challenges can lead to great opportunities.”

Sherwin Greenblatt
Member of the Board of Trustees


“Congratulations, Gilda, and welcome to Olin! I am excited for you to get to know the Olin community and our little corner of the world filled with big thinkers and doers. I very much look forward to working with and supporting you as you lead this incredible institution into the next phase our history.”

Emily Roper-Doten
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


Dear Gilda,

It is my tradition to write bad poems when I send emails to the community. So, with apologies, you get a bad poem from me now…. I so look forward to working with you!

Best regards,

Welcome Gilda
Welcome, Gilda, we welcome you!
It’s great to have you here!
‘though this virtual announcement
Is just a little queer…

We started twenty years ago
And no one knew our name.
“Olin!” said we, “not Oberlin!
Engineering’s our  game!”

We worked real hard and played real hard
Built Olin from the ground
Graduated some great students,
Got known the world around…

But now Olin is  growing up
At a true  inflection…
We’ve done a lot, but now it’s time
To consider new directions.

So we’re excited as you join
Our merry rebel crew
To collaborate, to experiment,
And re-invent anew!

Welcome to the Olin community, Gilda!

Mark Somerville
Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty,
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics


“This is going to be an exciting time for Olin, and I am so pleased that you will be leading us during this time of renewal and transition. Very much looking forward to working with you!”

Jessica Townsend
Interim Academic Vice President for External Engagement


“We may not yet know what wonderful trajectory your leadership will bring to Olin, but we know with confidence that your strength, tenacity, inspiration and intelligence WILL allow Olin to accomplish GREAT things for the education system and the world. I am so proud to be a part of your team. WELCOME!”

Beverly Wyse P'15
Member of the Board of Trustees


“Congratulations on your appointment!  I wish you the warmest of welcomes to the Olin community. I’m excited to work with you to shape and build Olin’s future.”

Jeremy Goodman
Vice President for Administrative Services and Innovation


“Welcome to Olin! We are so fortunate to have you join this remarkable community. I am excited about the work that we will do together!”

Rae-Anne Butera
Dean of Student Life


“Gilda, we are thrilled to welcome you to the Olin community.  I look forward to partnering with you, and can’t wait to see where you take us!”

Patricia Gallagher
Vice President for Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer


“Welcome to the amazing Olin Community! I am excited to see where we can all go together as we boldly write the next chapter of the Olin story!”

Rick Osterberg
Chief Information Officer


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