DEI Department Leads

DEI department leads are faculty members who serve as the point of contact for DEI at the department level. They:

  • Lead planning, coordination, and implementation of department-level DEI activities
  • Report on department-level DEI activities and share best practices
  • Serve as an additional resource for DEI-related concerns at the department level, including active participation in addressing any issues arising
  • Serve as a link between department-level and college- and university-level DEI efforts

AERO: Joaquim Martins

joaquim martins

Professor, Aerospace Engineering

The faculty, students, and staff of the Aerospace Engineering Department are committed to a department culture that supports and celebrates each of our members in their studies and their work. We know that excellence and diversity go hand-in-hand. Only with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff—diversity of race, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, skin color, socioeconomic status, physical and mental challenges faced—can we be the leaders and best.

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BME: David Sept

Portrait of 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.

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CEE: Ann Jeffers

Portrait of 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.

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ChE: Nina Lin

Portrait of Nina Lin

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

It is remarkable to witness the progress our campus has made, yet we still have a long way to go towards the goal of establishing a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff all of whom truly appreciate and honor the value of equity and inclusion. I am excited to contribute to this important effort by being the DEI representative from Chemical Engineering and am committed to working with all stakeholders to achieve our common goal.

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CLaSP: Valeriy Tenishev

Valeriy Tenishev

Associate Research Scientist, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Feeling of being included in all aspects of UM's functioning is a necessary component for creating an environment that fosters collaboration. This is especially important in multi-cultural and multi-national communities, such as UM. The diversity of our community is the strength that propels the world-leading research conducted by the University. My goal is to create an environment where students, staff, and faculty feel welcomed and valued.

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CSE: Westley Weimer

Portrait of 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.

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ECE: Herb Winful

Portrait of Herb Winful

Arthur F Thurnau Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Part of my role is to help my department, college, and university achieve a more perfect union of the ideals of excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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IOE: Joi-Lynn Mondisa

Portrait of Joi Mondisa

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

My goal is to contribute to and support DEI initiatives that enhance student, faculty, and staff experiences.

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ISD: Chinedum Okwudire

Portrait of 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.

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ME: Karl Grosh

Karl Grosh

Associate Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

I feel strongly that we need to ensure that the University of Michigan provides an environment that supports the learning and success of students, staff, and faculty who are not present in large numbers, be that measured by race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or other qualities.

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MSE: Kathy Sevener

Portrait of 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.

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NAME: Pingsha Dong

Portrait of Pingsha Dong

Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Diversity in all aspects of higher education is essential for best prepare our future workforce.

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NERS: John Foster

Portrait of 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.

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NERS: Carolyn Kuranz

Carolyn Kuranz

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, College of Engineering

The University of Michigan needs a diverse group of people collaborating to solve society's complex problems and to be the Leaders and Best. I am proud to be a part of COE's strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help create that reality.

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UMTRI: Kathleen Klinich

Kathleen Klinich


Associate Research Scientist, Biosciences, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Participating in a team to improve gender equity made me realize that we can do better to make everyone feel more included, and that it’s not acceptable to overlook even small things that can make people feel unwelcome. We can solve research problems more effectively with a diverse team where everyone feels valued.

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