Professor of Biomedical, Biological, and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering.
She will succeed the retiring Dr. Leslie Calman, who has served as President and CEO since 2013.
“We believe Tojan Rahhal has the skills, energy, and passion needed to lead Engineering World Health,” said Dr. Michael P. Tracey, Chair of EWH’s board and a Vice President of Ethicon, a Johnson and Johnson company. “After a thorough search and a review of several highly qualified candidates, we are convinced that Dr. Rahhal will lead EWH forward with exceptional vision and know-how about engineering and about international learning.”
At MU, Dr. Rahhal drove the creation of the College of Engineering’s Inclusivity Center and its robust program offerings. Among many other initiatives, she spearheaded the highly successful STEM Cubs camp program and the annual Diverse Engineering Professionals Conference. She was recognized with the 2020 MU Study Abroad Teaching Excellence award for the creation of a unique curriculum combining diversity and inclusion in engineering. She was also selected as a National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Women of Color History Maker in Diversity for her leadership in efforts to “catalyze change to help engineering students from underrepresented populations overcome historic barriers.”