Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in MEAM

MEAM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, which was formed in the fall of 2020, regularly convenes to (a) tackle immediately pressing DEI issues in MEAM and (b) develop a longer-term plan for improvement and change for all matters relating to DEI.


MEAM DEI Scholars Program

The DEI Scholars Program provides opportunities for MEAM students and postdocs to have an impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department by proposing and executing DEI projects conducted in collaboration with MEAM faculty and staff.

We are excited to announce a new set of DEI Associates who will work with our Scholars for the 2023 calendar year: Sunny Lee, Sindu Shanmugadas,  Sergio Torres, and Yuhan Zhang!

The Scholars and Associates are pursuing the following three programs:

MEAM Undergraduate Mentoring


Scholars: Sebastian Magana
Associates: Jovita Tedja and Sergio Torres
Faculty Advisor: Dustyn Roberts

Admitted and Current MEAM Graduate Student Outreach


Scholar: Bibit Bianchini, 3rd Year MEAM Ph.D.
Associates: Parker LaMascus, Yuhan Zhang, and Sindu Shanmugadas
Faculty Advisor: Igor Bargatin

Growth of Diversity Learning within the MEAM/SEAS Curriculum

Will Schlatterer 

Scholar: Will Schlatterer
Associates: Sunny Lee
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Johnson

DEI Elective Option

The Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Elective Option allows MEAM students to dedicate a portion of their degree requirements towards learning about identities and experiences different from their own, the impact of technology on all people, and how supporting DEI looks on a local, national, and global scale. The goal is to mold graduates who will practice their professions in ways that serve all, including members of underrepresented, underserved, and disadvantaged communities by giving them tools to foster an inclusive culture and mindset in their future industry jobs, startups, research endeavors, project teams, communities, and beyond.

Successfully fulfilling the MEAM DEI Elective Option will be recognized by a letter of completion from the MEAM Department upon graduation.

To view courses and requirements, click HERE.

To notify MEAM that you are interested in pursuing the DEI Elective Option, please complete the Google Form HERE.


Please check back here in the future for MEAM DEI events, and please click here for a list of DEI events in SEAS.


If there are any questions, ideas, feedback, or you want to participate in any way please email: 

Rob Carpick: carpick@seas.upenn.edu

DEI Task Force Members

Robert Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and MEAM Director for DEI
Paulo Arratia
Howard Hu
Professor and Master's Program Chair
Doug Jerolmack
Professor and MEAM Diversity Search Advisor 
Michelle Johnson
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation and Secondary Faculty member, MEAM
Katie Knorr
MEAM Undergraduate Coordinator
Byron Lee
MEAM Graduate Program Coordinator
Jason Pastor
Instrumentation Technician
Dustyn Roberts
Practice Associate Professor
Jonathan Singleton
MEAM Administrative Coordinator & MEAM DEI Staff Assistant
Claire Sibley
MEAM Administrative Coordinator
Bibit Bianchini
MEAM DEI Scholar
Sebastian Magana
MEAM DEI Scholar
Will Schlatterer
MEAM DEI Scholar
Igor Bargatin
Professor and Undergraduate Chair
Prashant Purohit
Professor and Graduate Chair
Kevin Turner
Professor and MEAM Department Chair

If there are any questions, ideas, feedback, or you want to participate in any way please email: 

Rob Carpick: carpick@seas.upenn.edu