Dr. Fitz joined the SMA in 2020 after a 35 year career in engineering. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a product of a Catholic undergraduate education as he received a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He spent 15 years in academia with his last position being a full professor of Electrical Engineering at the University California Los Angeles. Dr. Fitz held leadership positions in industry, led teams working on nationally important projects, and published many papers and books. He enjoys teaching and is very excited to try to use these years of experience in engineering and science to encourage interest in STEM education and the growth mindset of the Belles of SMA.
Dr. Fitz gets his greatest joy from his family. Because of his family experience Dr. Fitz believes strongly in the benefits of all-girls high school education. He and his wife Mary are very proud of their four daughters, three of whom graduated from an all-girls Catholic high school and a Catholic college. Dr. Fitz has been impressed with the “family” aspects of SMA and hopes to provide the kinds of opportunities and growth his daughters had in high school to the young women of SMA. He is also a practicing Catholic and uses Catholic social teaching as his guide for living in the world. He volunteers with Saint Vincent de Paul, Safe Place for Youth, and NourishLA to put this teaching into practice. When he is not teaching engineering and science or volunteering, Dr. Fitz enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and paddle boarding.