Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne and Warsaw has selected Deb Pitzer as the Dean of the School of Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences. Along with leading and overseeing faculty and programs, she’s hoping to set new standards and create a culture of appreciation for all employees and students.
“I’m really excited because I come from the school, and I’m hoping that knowing what I know from my job as department chair, I can help students and faculty better from this position,” says Pitzer. “I want them to know they can come to my office whenever they need any help or just need someone to sit and listen. My door is open.”
Pitzer has worked with Ivy Tech full-time since 2006, filling a variety of roles including department chair of Machine Tool Technology and assistant professor. She also served the college as adjunct faculty for three years before that. Prior to lending her skills to the college, she worked for nearly 10 years as an advanced manufacturing engineer at General Electric.
“I’m excited to have Deb as our newest Dean,” says Heidi Fowler, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. “She brings 17 years of experience as an Ivy Tech department chair into the role, and I can’t wait to see how she shapes and leads the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Sciences.”
Pitzer earned her MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University and her BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University Fort Wayne. She holds several certificates from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) including Drill Press Skills, Manual Milling Skills, Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout, and Measurement, Material and Safety.