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.

UPDATE: The MEAM DEI Task Force is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Scholars Program members.


MEAM DEI Elective Option

The MEAM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Elective Option allows MEAM undergraduate students to learn about diversity issues in the industry and the workplace through their existing elective requirements. The Option focuses 4 CUs of MEAM students’ electives towards learning about identities and experiences different from their own and the impacts of technology on communities on a local, national, and global scale. The goal is to encourage engineering graduates to practice in their professions with a mindset to serve all, including members of communities unlike their own.

Students who successfully pass the courses in the MEAM DEI Elective Option will receive a letter of completion from the MEAM Department upon graduation.

To view courses and Option requirements, click HERE.


MEAM DEI Scholars Program

The MEAM DEI Scholars Program provides opportunities for MEAM students and postdocs to have an impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the department. The program operates like an incubator for students and postdocs to identify and try out strategies that address DEI issues in the MEAM department, such as the MEAM DEI Elective Option.

Click HERE to learn more about the program, its current projects, and how to apply to join.

DEI Task Force Members

Robert Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and MEAM Director for DEI
Paulo Arratia
Igor Bargatin
Professor and Undergraduate Chair
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
Prashant Purohit
Professor and Graduate Chair
Dustyn Roberts
Practice Associate Professor
Kevin Turner
Professor and MEAM Department Chair
Katie Knorr
MEAM Undergraduate Coordinator
Byron Lee
MEAM Graduate Program Coordinator
Jason Pastor
Senior Instructional Laboratory Coordinator
Jonathan Singleton
MEAM Administrative Coordinator & MEAM DEI Staff Assistant
Sunny Lee
MEAM DEI Scholar
Sebastian Magana
DEI Scholar
Sindu Shanmugadas
DEI Scholar

For questions, contact:

Dr. Robert Carpick
MEAM Director for DEI
John Henry Towne Professor
231 Towne Building
P: 215-898-4608
E: carpick@seas.upenn.edu