Dagmar K. Beck

Director of Professional Master's in Science and Engineering


Room Number: 203 Keck Hall
(713) 348-3188
dkbeck@rice.edu
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Biographical Info

Dagmar Beck, Director, Professional Science and Engineering Master’s Programs, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Dagmar received an associate business administration degree in Germany in 1983, and with the help of her language skills she was able to pursue a career with several international corporations in Germany and the U.S. involved in import and export, international trade, and banking. Following her true interest in the fields of teaching and education, she redirected her career after returning from a three-year stay in Singapore. First she worked for a private language school in Houston in 1997, then accepted a coordinator's position with Rice University in 2002 to support the establishment of the Sloan funded PSM program at Rice University. In 2004 she became the Director for the Professional Science Master's program in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. She continued her own education in the U.S. earning a B.A in German with a minor in World Culture and Literature from the University of Houston in 2010. In 2012, her responsibilities were increased to include overview of the ten Professional Master's programs housed in the Brown School of Engineering. In 2016, the PSM and EPMP offices moved together into a central location in Keck Hall to continue supporting professional master's students in science and engineering.

Education

Dagmar Beck, Director, Professional Science and Engineering Master’s Programs, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Dagmar received an associate business administration degree in Germany in 1983 and a B.A in German with a minor in World Culture and Literature from the University of Houston in 2010.

2002 to 2016 participation in continuous education courses and professional development training related to public speaking, leadership, business strategy, crucial conversations, and others

Awards & Honors

Dagmar has been employed with Rice University since 2002. Since then, she has facilitated the tremendous growth of Rice’s Professional Science Master’s program collaborating with students, faculty across campus and with corporations involved in now five program tracks. In recognition of her successful program management, she was appointed to also oversee the nine professional master’s programs offered at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering in Fall 2012.

As the Director of Rice University’s Professional Science and Engineering Master’s programs, she oversees admissions, enrollment, course development, and e-education activities. She conducts recruitment, builds corporate relations, coordinates marketing and program promotion, advises students and helps in community building for the professional student body. She administers and manages the budgets for both programs, and is actively involved in grant writing and program development.

She also has been actively involved in the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) since its start-up in 2007, and has served as Immediate Past President in 2012, President in 2011, Vice-President in 2010, and has acted as committee chair on several committees over the years. She chaired the 2nd National NPSMA Conference committee organizing a highly successful conference in Atlanta in 2010, and was on the conference committee for the 2012 conference. She also is a member of WEN and NAGAP.

Keywords

Managing programs in Subsurface Geoscience, Environmental Analysis, Nanoscale Science, Bioscience and Health Policy and Space Studies in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and engineering professional master's in Computational Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics, Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, Material Science and Nanoengineering, Civil Environmental Engineering, and others