PoliticsNY power players in education
Jelena Kovačevic, Dean of NYU Tandon and William R. Berkley Professor, has been recognized by PoliticsNY in their list of “Power Players in Education.” Kovačevic has been Tandon’s dean since 2018, and is the first woman to lead the school since its founding in 1854.
PoliticsNY notes that at NYU Tandon, Dean Kovačevic is committed to getting more women interested in technology, and points out that Tandon’s freshman class has more than double the national average of women in engineering and a quarter of its faculty are women. Kovačevic's goal is to make that number grow. She is also focused on investing in research (Tandon recorded its highest single year research expenditures at $52M) and helping the school continue its historic rise in the college rankings (over 40 spots in a decade). She also oversees 12 research centers committed to advancing topics like AI, 5G, cyber security, and urban development. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Northeast Regional Deans (NeRDs) council.