Dr. Molly M. Gribb, PE


100 Ottensman Hall

Dr. Molly M. Gribb has served as Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (EMS) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since July 2015. The College of EMS is the largest college on the UW-Platteville campus, providing seven ABET accredited engineering degree programs in addition to broad field science, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and sustainability and renewable energy systems degree programs. The College of EMS has grown over 35% since 2010, and currently enrolls approximately 2900 undergraduate students and 175 online Master of Science in Engineering students, and employs approximately 200 faculty and staff. UW-Platteville graduates the second-largest number of BS engineering degreed students in the state of Wisconsin and is well-known for its strong, hands-on engineering programs and highly capable graduates.

During her tenure at UW-Platteville she led college efforts to prepare for a successful ABET reaccreditation visit in 2018, secure approval of a $55M engineering building by the Wisconsin State Legislature, institute a college strategic plan, develop and institute a corporate-funded senior design program, and significantly strengthen partnerships with industry. She has secured over $1.2M in infrastructure and curriculum grants from UW-System, the WiSys Technology Foundation and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. She is supporting development of several new degree programs (data science, cybersecurity, computer engineering) and initiated development and delivery of online engineering course options. She created and personally funds a new assistantship fund to support undergraduate research in the college.

Dr. Gribb previously served as head of civil and environmental engineering department at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. During her tenure as department head, she developed a new Ph.D. program in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as two undergraduate minors and initiated campus-wide research strategic planning efforts.

Prior to School of Mines, Dr. Gribb was professor of civil and environmental engineering at Boise State University. While there, she served as Director of the Center of Environmental Sensing and led a multidisciplinary research team in the completion of a subsurface contaminant sensor project. Dr. Gribb focused her research efforts in the areas of unsaturated soil physics and soil and ground water flow and transport. She secured over $7.5 million in external funding for projects and grants, including National Science Foundation CAREER and Army Research Office Young Investigator Program awards. She has published over 100 papers and abstracts and mentored many faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students during her academic career.

Dr. Gribb earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a registered professional engineer in Idaho and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Gribb has served as a member of the ABET’s Academic Advisory Council, Kiewit Corporation’s University Advisory Council, the ASCE Department Heads’ Coordinating Council, and the editorial boards of the ASCE GeoStrata magazine and the American Society for Testing and Materials Geotechnical Testing Journal. She currently serves on the WiSys Technology Foundation Advisory Council, the Wisconsin Internet of Things Council, and the American Association of Engineering Education’s Engineering Deans’ Institute planning committee.