ODEI Spotlight:

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

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

2021 CAREER Award recipient: Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering and in Cell and Developmental Biology, won a 2021 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Hughes plans to use the funds to develop a human kidney model to better understand how the development of cells and tissues influences congenital diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. Read More

Ocek Eke Among Inaugural ‘Projects for Progress’ Prize Recipients

The University announced Friday its inaugural Projects for Progress prize recipients, which include three teams of Penn students, faculty, and staff. The teams, awarded up to $100,000 each to support their initiatives, all enhance and promote equity and inclusion in Philadelphia by addressing health care, education, and environmental justice, respectively. One of these teams features Ocek Eke, Engineering’s Director for Global and Local Service Learning Programs and Director for Graduate Student Programming. Read More

An illustration of Celia Reina. 2021 CAREER Award Recipient: Celia Reina

Celia Reina, William K. Gemmill Term Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for interdisciplinary research spanning mechanical engineering, statistical physics and machine learning. The Award will fund Reina’s research and outreach initiatives designed to increase gender, racial and socioeconomic diversity in STEM. Read More

Class of 2021 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prize Winners Announced

The President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes empower Penn students to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world. Each Prize-winning project will receive $100,000, as well as a $50,000 living stipend per team member. Undergraduates Martin Leet (DSGN ’21) and Leah Voytovich (CIS ’21) will install a solar-powered water tank for both household use and for irrigation in the Olua I settlement camp in Uganda, as well as offer hands-on agricultural training and first aid medical training to refugees. Read More


New Grant Aims to Broaden Participation in Cutting-edge Materials Research

07.13.2021 | Read More

For Early Amphibians, a New Lifestyle Meant a New Spine

06.10.2021 | Read More

2021 CAREER Award recipient: Alex Hughes, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering

06.08.2021 | Read More

Events of Interest

Climate & Diplomacy: How cities around the world collaborate on science-based climate solutions

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SEAS

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.”

Who We Are

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) holds at its core the commitment to celebrating and increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in the student body, faculty, and staff of Penn Engineering. Through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Penn Engineering continues its long history of leadership in the identification, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented minority students and faculty.

A Message to the Penn Engineering Community

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Together we are seeing and feeling the events occurring across our country in response to the effects of entrenched racism in the United States. The disturbingly systemic injustices that disproportionately affect Black people in our nation are indicative of a broader, insidious issue that contradicts the basic tenets upon which this nation was founded. As members of the Penn community, we stand together to affirm our commitment to our nation’s founding values and our University mission, which can only be achieved through mutual respect and collaboration.

Penn Engineering's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Penn Compact 2022 affirms Inclusion as a means toward the essential ends of higher education: equalizing opportunity, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and enriching the experience of all members of the University community. Penn Engineering remains strongly committed to initiatives that support the University’s efforts to achieve an educational and employment environment that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interests, abilities and perspectives. We strive to attract a diverse community of students and faculty, to provide an accessible, rigorous engineering education, and to improve our local and global communities through engineering.

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