(Vallejo, California – April 15, 2018) – Dr. Francelina "Lina" Neto has been chosen as Cal Maritime's first dean of the School of Engineering. Dr. Neto has served as the Director for Semester Conversion at Cal Poly Pomona since 2014. She took on the additional position of Director of Undergraduate Programs in January 2017. She has served in a number of administrative roles since 2009 including chairing Cal Poly Pomona's Civil Engineering Department until 2014. She is a 2017 graduate of Harvard's Management Development Program, a 2013 Bentley Educator of the Year awardee, and a 2011 graduate of Higher Education Resources Services.
Dr. Neto earned her Ph.D. in Photogrammetry and a Master of Science in Remote Sensing from the University of London. She earned a bachelor's degree in Geospatial Engineering from the University of Porto (Portugal). She has extensive experience in working in shared governance settings at the CSU.
"Dr. Neto's experience in working collaboratively to develop and implement strategic plans will be an invaluable skill as the first dean of Cal Maritime's Engineering School," said Provost Susan Opp. "The growth of our programs will require someone with her knowledge of program development and history of working with stakeholders both on and off campus."
"I am thrilled to accept this position, and I'm looking forward to my role in helping Cal Maritime realize its vision for the future. " Dr. Neto states. "This opportunity is very dear to my heart. My father graduated from a maritime academy and served in the Navy, as a commercial mariner, and as a coastal pilot – although not in the U.S. I grew up in this environment and look forward to supporting the growth of Cal Maritime's engineering programs."
Cal Maritime is reorganizing its academic divisions into three schools to increase support for faculty and academic programs, to improve efficiency, effectiveness and fundraising, and to improve student success as the University plans for future growth.
The U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard ranks Cal Maritime first among public California universities for graduate earnings 10 years after enrollment. The Academy is also one of only 15 four-year colleges in the U.S. to receive a perfect score for "value added" to student outcomes in a study by the Brookings Institute.