Dean's Office

Michael J. Quinn, Dean

Mike Quinn 12-18-17

Michael J. Quinn is Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, the fastest growing college at Seattle University, with 100 faculty members in eight departments and a student body of 1,271. Dr. Quinn leads the college at a time of major progress in Seattle University’s STEM programs, as the university builds a new Center for Science and Innovation at the heart of campus. Under his guidance the college has become known for recruiting female faculty into key positions, including all four engineering chairs and both associate deans.

Before joining Seattle University in 2007, he was a professor of computer science at the University of New Hampshire and at Oregon State University. He holds a PhD in computer science from Washington State University, an MS in computer sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in mathematics from Gonzaga University.

Dr. Quinn is an internationally recognized expert in the field of parallel computing. His research in the area has resulted in the publication of more than 60 refereed journal and conference papers, and his textbooks on parallel computing have been used by hundreds of universities worldwide.

He is also a leader in the field of computer ethics. His expertise in this area has inspired a corporate gift establishing a new Institute for Ethics and Technology at Seattle University. Dr. Quinn currently chairs the multi-disciplinary steering committee that is designing this new program, which is expected to launch later this year.

His textbook, Ethics for the Information Age, explores moral problems related to modern uses of information technology, such as privacy, intellectual property rights, computer security, and software reliability. The book, now in its eighth edition, has been adopted by more than 125 colleges and universities in the United States and many more internationally.

Dr. Quinn gives generously of his time in a variety of volunteer roles. He serves as a Trustee and member of the Governance Committee at Eastside Catholic School and is also a member of the Holy Rosary Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in West Seattle.

Jean Jacoby, Associate Dean

Jean Jacoby Dean Office 2017

Jean Jacoby is Associate Dean and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering. She received a BS in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin and an MS and PhD in Civil Engineering-Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Washington. From 1986 to 1991, she worked at several civil and environmental engineering consulting firms where she managed studies of toxic pollution in urban bays of Puget Sound, watershed and water quality investigations, and lake restoration projects.

In 1991, Dr. Jacoby was appointed the Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Environmental Engineering at Seattle University. She has taught courses in environmental engineering and science, and has conducted research in lakes and streams, specializing in the ecology and management of toxic and nuisance algae. Since 2010, she has served as the director of the Seattle University Project Center and coordinates the undergraduate research program in the College of Science and Engineering.  Dr. Jacoby is the co-Principal Investigator on the $2.3 million NSF-funded project “What Counts as Success? Recognizing and Rewarding Women Faculty’s Differential Contributions in a Comprehensive Liberal Arts University” (2016-2021).

Mara Rempe, Associate Dean

Mara Rempe 12-18-17

Mara Rempe is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the College of Science and Engineering. She received a B.S in Chemistry at Seattle University and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Rempe served as the Director of New Student Registration for 19 years. She also served on many campus-wide committees in support of students and pursuit of academic excellence, including committees for the implementation of the updated Core Curriculum.

Current responsibilities for Dr. Rempe as Associate Dean include program review, college assessment and oversight of scheduling. She enjoys data driven projects. Committee work continues with service on the university policy and college curriculum committees.

Katie Kuder, Associate Dean

Katie Kuder Deans Office

Katie Kuder is Associate Dean and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering. Dr. Kuder received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University in 2000. She earned a M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2005) in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, specializing in Structural Engineering and Materials.

Dr. Kuder’s research focuses on the characterization and optimization of cement-based materials, in both the fresh and hardened states, and the development of newly engineered cement-based composites that can be tailored for specific applications, with an emphasis on sustainability. She is currently investigating the use of recycled concrete aggregate as a replacement for virgin aggregate. She is also working on developing a methodology to 3D print cementitious materials for rapid construction. 

Jennifer Coogan, Assistant Dean


Jennifer Coogan is an Assistant Dean in the College of Science and Engineering. Jennifer has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience in student affairs having served as an associate dean of advising and student support programs, English lead in a tutoring center, and advisor to TRiO or similar programs serving first-generation and low-income students. She has performed these duties at community colleges as well as private and public 4-year institutions. Jennifer has also worked as a developmental English instructor, a research associate at a professional association in D.C., and has been a project lead on several U.S. government grants including school dropout prevention initiatives. She earned her MEd in Reading from University of Maryland, and her MA in Community Counseling and BA in Psychology from Marist College.