Karen Kashmanian Oates, professor of biochemistry and the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences, was honored earlier this month as Alumna of the Year for the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, one of several 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award winners. The program honored alumni who have become “leaders in education and industry, innovators in imaging, advocates for social justice and equity, compassionate healers, and skillful communicators.”
Oates, who earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology in 1971 at RIT, then a master’s in 1973, was acknowledged as a noted scientist, award-winning educator, and respected leader. “As dean, she is responsible for eight departments and six programs of study spanning the natural and life sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics, and computer science, plus several interdisciplinary programs, including bioinformatics, data science, cybersecurity, environmental studies, and a shared robotics engineering program,” the citation notes. She received her PhD in biochemistry from George Washington University.