SEAS Associate Dean, Educational Initiatives and Assessment
Sue Ann Bidstrup
Allen received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the
University of Minnesota. She is currently a Professor in the Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering Department and SEAS Associate Dean. Prior to her appointment at Penn, Dr.
Bidstrup Allen taught for 26 years in the Chemical Engineering Department at
Georgia Tech and also served in a number of administrative positions at Georgia
Tech, including Engineering Associate Dean for Faculty Development and
Executive Assistant to the President.
Dr. Nadira Williams
Clarks Scholars Administrative Director
SEAS Associate Director of Special Programs
Nadira Williams received her B.S. in
Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical
State University and obtained her V.M.D. from the University of
Pennsylvania. Prior to her position at
Penn, she served as a Veterinary Medical Officer for the United States
Department of Agriculture, focusing on animal welfare compliance. Despite switching career paths to work in the
STEM education sector, she is a practicing veterinarian licensed in
Pennsylvania. Dr. Williams currently serves
as director of the Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP), an academically
intensive, residential summer program for high school students that focuses on
engineering. She is responsible for the annual planning, execution, and daily
operational oversight of ESAP, which provides a robust and engaging
college-like experience for budding young engineers across the globe.
Dr. Ocek Eke
Clark Scholars Liaison for Service Learning
SEAS Director of Global and Local Service-Learning Programs
Ocek Eke is responsible for organizing and overseeing service learning courses by Penn Engineering faculty in Philadelphia and overseas. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Eke served as a senior consultant and editor for Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, where he worked on climate change and agriculture resilience. He has taught global studies and international communications at Penn State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in addition to writing peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter. Dr. Eke holds a BA in Telecommunications and Foreign Service, and MA in Communication Studies from Baylor University; and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from Penn State University.