ODEI and RAS Welcome New URM Graduate Students to Penn Engineering
Penn Engineering’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Research and Academic Services (RAS) Graduate Office welcomed new Under-Represented Minority (URM) graduate students with special events to kick off the Fall 2021 semester. View Story
URM Student Welcome Reception
Penn Engineering recently held a welcome reception for new URM graduate students. Dean Vijay Kumar made opening remarks to students, the event was also attended by Department Chairs, Graduate Program Chairs, and Graduate Program Coordinators as well as faculty and staff. We are indeed very pleased to have these students as part of Penn Engineering and Penn communities! View Story
‘The Last Thing We Can Afford is to Be Pessimistic’
Chinedum Osuji, Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), began his term as department chair. Osuji also conducts research on soft materials and complex fluids, publishing work on topic areas such as material blends and membrane filtration. He’s also an Olympic athlete, having competed in taekwondo at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Osuji recently answered some questions about his early career path, his goals as chair and the kind of mindset it takes to succeed as an engineer. Read More
New Grant Aims to Broaden Participation in Cutting-edge Materials Research
As one of eight teams to be awarded National Science Foundation funding, a partnership between Penn and the University of Puerto Rico will continue its long-running collaboration focused on innovative research and STEM career pathway support. Read More
Penn Engineers Help Launch TILOS, a New NSF Artificial Intelligence Research Institute Focused on Optimization
Through a $20 million grant, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has established the Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale, or TILOS. As one of TILOS’ partner institutions, Penn Engineering will contribute to its research on how algorithm-based systems can learn and improve upon themselves as they work. Read More
For Early Amphibians, a New Lifestyle Meant a New Spine
A new study of early amphibians led by Aja Carter, Penn paleontologist and postdoctoral fellow in Penn Engineering, suggests that shifts between terrestrial and aquatic living 340-360 million years ago impacted the shape of animals’ spines. While many characteristics distinguish creatures such as humans, dogs and Stegasaurus from one another, Carter’s research suggests that they are united by the basic shape of their vertebrae. Read More
ODEI Events + Programming Spotlight:
Penn Engineering Fall 2021 Programming for URM Graduate Students
This semester, join ODEI in a variety of workshops and programming specifically geared towards our phenomenal URM Graduate Students. Learn how to leverage your skills and talents, and make the most of your time at Penn.
Check out the ODEI Opportunities Portal!
The ODEI Opportunities Portal serves as a resource for current Penn students, researchers, faculty, and staff; connecting our community to research, employment, scholarship, and other opportunities from Penn, our partners, and beyond.
ODEI Strategic Plan
Penn Engineering is passionately committed to attracting, nurturing, and graduating engineers whose diversity reflects our society in all respects, including race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, creed, and socioeconomic background. Moreover, we seek to ensure all of our community members share an understanding of the importance of fighting bias and maximizing inclusion for the sake of the engineering profession and for the benefit of society at large. Through this, we aim for our graduates to pursue and develop ideas and innovations that will benefit all of humanity.
Watch the Inaugural Joseph Bordogna Forum Lecture by Dr. John Brooks Slaughter
The inaugural Joseph Bordogna Forum took place on Wednesday, February 24 and featured a talk from John Brooks Slaughter, Deans’ Professor of Education and Engineering at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Rossier School of Education, entitled a “Call to Action for Racial Justice and Equity in Engineering.”