College of Engineering, Computer Science & Construction Management

Meet the Dean & Associate Dean

Melody Stapleton, PhD

Melody StapletonDean, College of Engineering, Compute Science, and Construction Management

Melody Stapleton has served as dean for the College of ECC since fall 2018, after holding the associate dean role, where she spearheaded a college-wide laboratory spaces upgrade initiative.  

Previously, she served as department chair for computer science from fall 2012 to spring 2017. With her leadership the department was rebuilt, to reflect the proud heritage of being the first computer science department in the CSU. Initiatives included reinvigorating the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board, adding 30 new high-level CEOs, stewarding a full six-year Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation, and tripling the number of tenure-track faculty in the department. 

She joined the faculty at Chico State in 1981 after receiving her PhD in Mathematics from UC, Riverside.  Her area of specialization is Database Management Systems, focusing on Performance Tuning.  She has consulting and industrial experience for many California State Agencies (Air Resources, Toxic Substances Control), Counties (Butte and Mendocino) and cities, developing Information Systems Master Plans and Software Systems, as well as consulting for the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake (NAVAIR).  Recently, she has served as an expert witness dealing with both patent infringement cases and criminal cases involving Internet fraud while working for the US Attorney General. 

She is passionate about facilitating the growth of junior faculty and building interdisciplinary partnerships between departments, colleges, and industry. 

Seema Sehrawat, PhD

Seema SehrawatAssociate Dean, College of Engineering, Compute Science, and Construction Management

Seema Sehrawat, PhD has been an educator for more than eleven years and believes in building and nurturing collaborations. Her background in Information Technology, Accounting and Construction Management are strong assets she brings her new leadership role as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.  Seema is passionate about data science and listening to all perspectives while conducting program evaluations. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009. Before that, she worked with various community-based and social service agencies as a program manager, where she started several employee wellness initiatives. 

In her role as the Director of the Distributed Learning (DL) Program in the School of Social Work, Sehrawat focused on building partnerships with social service agencies and community colleges in our region to provide access to social work education in the north state. Under her leadership, enrollment in the Bachelor’s in Social Work DL program doubled. Sehrawat brings a great deal of enthusiasm and experience of working with a diverse student body and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration on the Chico State campus.

Sehrawat has a strong record of research, publications, presentations and grant proposals.  She has secured over 2 million dollars in grants and in the final steps of securing a large endowment for the School of Social Work’s DL Program. Her experience and expertise in conducting interdisciplinary research in collaboration with community agencies allowed her to lead the CSU, Chico Interdisciplinary Center on Aging for five years. She conducts several staff trainings for eldercare workforce in our region and is often invited as a guest speaker in the community to address the growing needs of the aging population. Recently, she became a Certified Aging in Place Professional through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).