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Portrait of Dean Amy Fleischer

Dean, Cal Poly College of Engineering

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers

Instagram: @amyfleischer
Twitter: @amyfleischer
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Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University


Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2000
M.S.M.E. Villanova University, 1996
B.S.M.E. Villanova University, 1991


Visiting Research Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute, IZM Division, Berlin, Germany
Machinery Engineer, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, Pa.


Design of nanostructured energy materials for transient thermal management of electronics, the development and study of nanostructured thin films for use as thermal interface materials.


Dean Amy S. Fleischer found a natural fit at Cal Poly and within the College of Engineering when she arrived on campus in July. She spent her first several weeks connecting with Cal Poly’s talented faculty, staff and students and meeting with Cal Poly’s most loyal supporters.

During those visits, Dean Fleischer reinforced her opinion that Cal Poly Engineering is surrounded by people who have both the desire and the ability to change the world. After witnessing support from the community of alumni and friends, she moved easily into her role knowing we all share confidence in Cal Poly Engineering’s ability to tackle great challenges. She also began to identify new opportunities—laying the groundwork for developing a shared, forward-thinking vision of Cal Poly Engineering’s future.

Before arriving in San Luis Obispo, Dean Fleischer was the chair of mechanical engineering and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems at Villanova University.

She served in numerous leadership roles including as a member of the College of Engineering’s Leadership Committee, as founding chair of the college’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and on the steering committee for the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She led the development of the McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and founded the “Engineering is for Girls! Day” at the University.

She is also an outstanding educator and her unwavering support for students was recognized when she received Villanova’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.

Dean Fleischer’s husband, Paul Fleischer, is a mechanical engineer, and her daughter, Katie Fleischer, is  a sophomore at Smith College.


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