Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Delaware Mechanical Engineering Department strives to foster an environment where all students, staff, and faculty feel welcomed and empowered to do their best work. Our departmental Diversity and Inclusion Committee comprises faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student members and works closely with the College of Engineering’s diversity initiatives. Please contact Dr. Heather Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Any ME student wishing to speak confidentially with a faculty member should feel free to contact Dr. Prasad (email@example.com), Dr. Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Wickenheiser (email@example.com), or Dr. Poulakakis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(these and many others can be found on the College of Engineering’s Diversity and Inclusion website):
- Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers (RISE): Program to recruit and support success among the undergraduate students from underrepresented groups
- McNair Scholars: Federally funded program to help prepare low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups for graduate study
- NSF Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Funding and programming to promote participation and success of undergraduates from underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.
- Mechanical Engineering Student Squad (MESS): A student organization that seeks to make a positive impact through recruiting, retaining, and advancing mechanical engineers.
- Society of Women Engineers
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Alpha Omega Epsilon: Sorority that promotes the advancement of women in engineering and technical sciences
- Association for Computing Machinery – Women (ACM-W): Also known as CISters. A group of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty that support women in technology-driven fields at UD.
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Supports the LGBTQ+ community
- Graduate Student Advising Resources
- COE EmPOWER: A student-led peer mentoring initiative for graduate students
- Women In Engineering: Group of women engineering graduate students supported by the Dean’s office to help promote the participation and success of women in engineering
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD): UD has an institutional membership, so it is free for all faculty to join.
- UD ADVANCE: NSF-funded institute aimed at fostering a climate for all faculty to succeed.
- Inclusive Teaching: Developed by UD COE faculty, these six modules introduce evidence-based teaching and mentoring practices that support an inclusive climate.