Women in Engineering: Our Stories


Innovative Women

The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to an impressive and diverse cohort of 17 female faculty members and administrators.

To recognize and celebrate our Women in Engineering, we are proud to introduce a series of profiles featuring in-depth interviews with these exceptional women. We invite you to hear firsthand about their experiences and learn about their academic achievements, groundbreaking research, and valuable contributions to FAU and the greater community.

As individuals, they each have a unique background and personal story to tell about their journey and the successes and challenges they experienced along the way. Together, they are the driving force that comprises the core of our College and helps to ensure the success of our institution as a whole.

Click on the name of each professor below to read how they are making their mark in the engineering and computer science fields and empowering other young women to do the same.

*Please check back often as we continue to add new profiles and fresh content.

Vivian Merk

Vivian Merk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Vivian Merk holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. She earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in the field of building materials from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and later completed her Swiss NSF postdoctoral fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.

Sareh Taebi

Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE)

Behnaz Ghoraani received her bachelor’s degree from the Sharif University of Technology and her master’s degree from the Amir Kabir University of Technology. She worked for six years in industry before pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ryerson University, where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology.

Sareh Taebi

Sareh Taebi, Ph.D.

Instructor, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Sareh Taebi earned an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in photonics from the University of Waterloo. She did a research internship at Intel Labs in Santa Clara, California and later taught at Southern Illinois University. In 2019, Dr. Taebi joined FAU as an instructor in the Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where she teaches computer science and programming classes.

Sarah Du

Sarah Du, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Sarah Du earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and completed her postdoctoral research at the Nanomechanics Lab at MIT. She joined FAU in 2014 as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering. In 2019, she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Du teaches Fundamentals of Engineering, Comp Apps in Engineering, Computer Applications in ME 2, Introduction to Microfluidics and BioMEMS, and Innovative Sensing Actuation Technologies.