Robert N   Ubell

Robert N Ubell

Vice Dean, Online Learning


Robert Ubell is Vice Dean, Online Learning, at NYU School of Engineering, where he heads the school’s e-learning unit, ranked in the nation's top dozen online learning engineering graduate programs by US News & World Report. It offers nearly 20 online graduate programs worldwide. He also heads the school's executive education division, Enterprise Learning.

Ubell is recipient of the highest honor given for individual achievement in digital education, the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. The school's online graduate program in Cyber Security was also awarded the Sloan-C prize as the best online program. Earlier, as Dean of Online Learning at Stevens Institute of Technology, he launched WebCampus, winner of numerous awards for quality online education. During his tenure, WebCampus enrolled more than 25,000 online students.

In his publishing career, Ubell was editor of the National Magazine Award-winning New York Academy of Sciences monthly, The Sciences; American publisher of the premier British science weekly, Nature; and founding publisher of Nature Biotechnology. He is the author or editor of 26 books and nearly 60 scholarly articles, as well as executive editor of the Cambridge Survey of Linguistics, Oxford Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate, and editor of multi-volume American Institute of Physics series, Masters of Modern Physics. His most recent book is Virtual Teamwork (Wiley, 2010). He is now at work on The Practice of eLearning, to be published by Routledge in 2015.

Ubell, who has participated in numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering, currently serves on the Board of the Sloan Consortium and is president of the Board of the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has been the principal investigator of nearly $2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, Sloan Foundation, IEEE Foundation, and McGraw-Hill, among other sources. Last May, he chaired NYU's Thought-leader Conference on Digital Education.

Ubell received his undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College and has been a guest lecturer at MIT and Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the Sloan Consortium and a Member of the Council of the Chongqing (China) International Exchange Association. He serves on the Advisory Council of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at his alma mater, Brooklyn College. He is a member of the Online Learning Task Force of the Board of Regents, New York State Department of Education.