New Chancellor Named

Accomplished scholar Anette M. Karlsson to lead Prescott Campus

Anette M. Karlsson, Ph.D., a mechanical and aerospace engineer and a highly accomplished academic leader, is the newest chancellor for Embry-Riddle’s campus in Prescott, Arizona, effective Aug. 1.

Karlsson most recently served as a professor and dean of the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University, since 2012. Earlier in her career, she worked as a research/design engineer for Saab Missiles and Saab Aerospace, and as a technical attaché of material science for Sweden’s Embassy in the United States.

She succeeds Frank Ayers (’87), who after a decade of leading the Prescott Campus has returned to Daytona Beach, Florida, to be a professor for the College of Aviation.

“Dr. Karlsson brings stellar academic credentials, superb executive experience, a passion for both engineering and aviation and a team-oriented approach to her new position as chancellor,” says Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler. “I have complete confidence in her ability to lead our Prescott Campus. I was impressed by her vision, her humility and her proven commitment to faculty, students and staff.”

A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Karlsson earned her Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Rutgers University, within the area of applied mechanics. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed international journal articles; and is the recipient of the U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the University of Delaware’s E.A. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity, as well as the Young Scholars Award of the Francis Alison Society, among others.