Janet C. Rutledge '83 is currently serving as the vice provost and dean of the graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is also a faculty member in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department. Before coming to UMBC she was the program director for the Graduate Research Fellowships Program at the National Science Foundation. In her prior position at NSF she served as a program director in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers where she chaired the NSF-wide coordinating committee for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.
Formerly she was on the faculty in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Her primary research areas are modeling and compensating for the effects of sensorineural hearing loss and other communication disorders.
Rutledge received a B.S.E.E. from Rensselaer in 1983, and an M.S.E.E. in 1984 and a Ph.D. in 1990 both in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. She was inducted into the inaugural class of the Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni.
Rutledge has been actively involved in many organizations, including serving on the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Administrative Committee and on the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities. She served on the advisory council of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and on the advisory board of the College of Engineering at Georgia.
Rutledge served on the board of trustees of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, and is a past president of the Rensselaer Club of Chicago. She received the 1991 Rensselaer Alumni Association's Director Award, the 1992 Alumni Key Award, and the 1998 Albert Fox Demers Medal.