Nyrée McDonald, Associate Dean
Associate Dean, Recruitment and Admissions
• Recruitment efforts
• REU programs
• Visiting graduate students
Nyrée McDonald joined the Graduate School as associate dean of graduate recruitment and admissions in July of 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tuskegee University in 1994, and then worked in Alaska for three years—first developing a public education program for local schools and community organizations and subsequently as a well planning engineer on the North Slope.
She earned a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2000 in environmental quality engineering and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Notre Dame in 2006. While a graduate student, she served for five years as a recruiter for the Graduate School—representing the University at recruiting fairs across the country, including fairs focused on students from underrepresented minority populations.
Dean McDonald joined the University of Alaska Anchorage as an assistant professor of civil engineering in 2005. There, her research focused on student development, drinking water, and renewable energy. Her most recent funded grant is one that assessed hydrokinetic energy potential in streams and rivers surrounding select rural Alaskan villages. Dean McDonald’s academic record includes authorship or co-authorship of six articles or book chapters, and 19 presentations—both in her field of research and on such topics as mentoring and how to be admitted to graduate school.