Carmen K. Sidbury, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Research
Office Location: Science Center 151
Dr. Sidbury is associate provost for Research at Spelman College. In this role, she provides leadership for the cultivation of research capabilities at the college, and assists in the coordination of activities associated with undergraduate student research and research training programs. She is also leading campus wide initiatives to strengthen the infrastructure and the development of policies and procedures that facilitate involvement of faculty in research and scholarly pursuits.
From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Sidbury served as a program director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, in the Division of Graduate Education in the Education and Human Resource Directorate at the National Science Foundation through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. In this role she led the historic expansion of the program, doubling the number of Fellowships from 1,000 in 2008 to 2,000 in 2010 and 2011. She had specific oversight of initiatives to promote the professional development of Fellows and designed the Engineering Innovation Fellowship Program. While at NSF, she was honored with the Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration.
In 2007, Dr. Sidbury joined Spelman College as an associate dean. In this role she coordinated academic support services and student advising across disciplines for sophomore and junior students. She has earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. After several years at AT&T-Bell Labs in Whippany, N.J., Carmen returned to graduate school and in 1995 became the first African-American female to earn a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Carmen has years of professional experience in technical positions at Lucent Technologies, formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories. At Lucent, she has had various assignments in telecommunications product design and development. In her most recent technical position, she served as director of Opto-Mechanical Systems for Luxcore Networks Inc. in Atlanta, where she leveraged her technical expertise to develop packaging solutions to enable Luxcore's next generation optical networking systems.
Prior to joining Spelman, Dr. Sidbury was an assistant dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. Carmen was responsible for the overall management of programs designed to recruit, retain and support outstanding and diverse pools of undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of engineering and science. In this role she collaborated with students, staff, faculty, secondary schools, private industry and federal agencies to develop programs and services to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and service. She has written, published and presented research findings at national conferences and is a member of several organizations including the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Dr. Sidbury is a seasoned professional with flexibility and adaptability rooted in a broad experience base, which includes experience in industry, government, and higher education institutions. She has developed strong relationships with local and national programs and serves as a diversity champion to promote the participation of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.