Administrator Biographies

Dr. Sue Ann Bidstrup Allen

Clark Scholars Program Faculty Liaison

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.