Baker College Dean of Engineering Named HI-TEC Educator of the Year


Anca Sala, dean of the College of Engineering at Baker College, has been named 2016 educator of the year by the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference.

The award honors a community or technical college faculty member who has made significant contributions to the education and training of today’s advanced technological workforce.

Sala is being recognized for her work toward building the infrastructure of photonics education. She is a principal investigator on the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education project grant; a co-principal investigator in the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Midwest Photonics Education Center; committee chair for the OP-TEC Optics and Photonics College Network; OP-TEC author of modular teaching materials for the nation’s first technician course in integrated photonics; and a founding member of Mi-Light, the Michigan photonics cluster that supports the state’s photonics related businesses.

Sala, of Troy, earned a bachelor and a master in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, and a doctoral degree in physics from the University Of Toledo, Ohio.