DEI Department Leads
AERO: Ken Powell
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Aerospace Engineering
As a long-time faculty member in a field that struggles to attract a diverse group of students and faculty, I know that this work on diversity, equity, inclusion and outreach is crucial to make our department even better than it currently is.
BME: David Sept
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Medical School
The College of Engineering is a diverse and dynamic community, and our collective DEI efforts help ensure that every member of that community has both an equal voice and standing. I am excited to help us reach this goal for all students, staff and faculty.
CEE: Ann Jeffers
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
I am excited to represent Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College's wider effort to improve DEI. I look forward to learning from others who share my passions for improving the climate on campus as well as recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students.
CHE: Nina Lin
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
CLaSP: Allison Steiner
Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
CSE: Westley Weimer
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering is design under constraint, an inherently creative activity that benefits from as many different viewpoints and ideas as possible when solving difficult problems. I want to help us recruit, retain and support our students, faculty and staff regardless of background.
ECE: Herb Winful
Arthur F Thurnau Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
IOE: Mariel Lavieri
Associate Professor; DEI Department Lead, Industrial and Operations Engineering Department
I am excited to be a part of this important initiative! It is by fomenting the diverse backgrounds of our students, faculty and staff that we will reach our full potential.
IOE: Joi-Lynn Mondisa
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering
My goal is to contribute to and support DEI initiatives that enhance student, faculty, and staff experiences.
ISD: Chinedum Okwudire
Associate Chair of Integrative Systems and Design and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
I have come to believe that U-M is deeply committed to doing the hard work it takes to advance DEI; It does not see DEI as just a box to check. I believe that U-M is on the right side of history on this matter and I am committed to supporting its efforts.
ME: Karl Grosh
Associate Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
MSE: Kathy Sevener
Lecturer/Associate Research Scientist
I look forward to helping create a culture within this learning community that values and welcomes the experiences, talents, and contributions of all students, staff and faculty.
NAME: Pingsha Dong
Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Diversity in all aspects of higher education is essential for best prepare our future workforce.
NERS: John Foster
Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department
In my mind diversity is a necessary ingredient in the solution of an engineering problem. Indeed, having problem solvers that are stakeholders from all communities is key to getting the solution right—one that takes into into account the nuances and relevant considerations of that problem such that the design solution ultimately benefits all. Diversity is therefore a necessary requirement to solve the problem.