JoAnn Browning

Dean, College of Engineering

University of Texas at San Antonio


Dr. Browning, Ph.D. Purdue University, was named Dean and David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair of the UTSA College of Engineering in August 2014. She was also recently named Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Architecture Chair as Interim Dean of the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning. Previously she was a faculty member at the University of Kansas for 16 years, and served 2 years as Associate Dean of Administration. While at KU, Dr. Browning twice was awarded the Miller Award for Distinguished Professional Service (2004 and 2011) and was the 2012 recipient of the Henry E. Gould Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Education. In 2015 she was name a Purdue Distinguished Woman Scholar. In 2016 INSIGHT into Diversity magazine presented her with an Inspiring Women in STEM award. She received the San Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership Award in 2018.

Dr. Browning has been active in the engineering community, as President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has served on the Board of Directors of ACI and on the ACI 318 Building Code Committee.

Her own research interests include structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering materials, reinforced concrete design and analysis, and engineering education. She received the American Concrete Institute’s Young Member Award for Professional Achievement in 2008 and was named an ACI Fellow in 2009. Browning is a Professional Engineer in the states of Kansas and Texas.

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