Professor Blume is currently the Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty (2011-present).
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude in 1982, followed by a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1986. She immediately joined the faculty in Engineering at Brown as a member of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures group, doing research in the mathematical issues in the behavior of solids undergoing large deformations.
She has taught engineering courses at all levels of the graduate and undergraduate curricula in the School of Engineering, and is perhaps most known for teaching the introductory engineering courses.
Professor Blume has received the Philip J. Bray award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences, 1997, the School of Engineering Dedicated Faculty award, 2009, and the Karen T. Romer Prize for Excellence in Advising, 2011.