Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Division of Engineering and Applied Science

The Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech is committed to building and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community are welcomed and are supported. Through respect, inclusion, mentoring, collaboration, and kindness, we aim for each member of the Division to develop their potential and reach their goals unhindered by racism, sexism, and other forms of bias.

Our goal is for EAS to become a leader in the academic engineering community for both our intellectual output and our reputation as a place that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. This requires sustained dedication and effort from all of us, and the dismantling and reengineering of the structures that have provided obstacles to this goal.

Ideas? Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? Please send to dei.eas@caltech.edu

EAS Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The committee is broadly charged with supporting EAS’s goal to become a leader in the academic engineering community for both our intellectual output and our reputation as a place that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Using the 2020 report from the EAS Division Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a starting point, the committee will:

  • Act as a source of best practices, resources, and sounding board for DEI efforts within EAS and the EAS options.
  • Support EAS/Caltech DEI affinity groups, clubs, and student/postdoc related activities.
  • Consider ways to use the New Horizons Diversity and Equity Fund.
  • Create an award and process for recognizing EAS students, staff, and faculty for leadership in DEI activities.
  • Improve interactions with Caltech EAS alumni to provide avenues for mentoring and networking, especially for students and postdocs from historically minoritized groups.
  • Partner with EAS leadership to support the Division’s efforts to recruit and retain students and postdocs.
  • Provide feedback on EAS’s web presence, including EAS programs, demographic data, and messaging around DEI.
  • Consider other issues as they arrive.

Committee members:

  • Haley Bauser, graduate student in Applied Physics
  • Adam Blank, teaching assistant professor in Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Jennifer Blankenship, options manager for Applied Physics and Materials Science
  • John Dabiri, Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Angela Gao, graduate student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Melany Hunt (chair), Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Abby Jiang, undergraduate in Materials Science
  • Tiffany Kimoto, executive director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute
  • Beverley McKeon, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics; EAS Division Deputy Chair
  • Sydney Richardson, undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Mauro Rodriguez, postdoctoral scholar in Mechanical Engineering
  • Jaimie Stewart, postdoctoral scholar in Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Changhuei Yang, Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medical Engineering
  • Yisong Yue, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

EAS New Horizons Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences seeks annual nominations to recognize and honor individuals within the EAS community who have actively contributed to EAS’s goal to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering community. The award is available to members of the EAS community, including current students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. Nominations were due Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and accepted from anyone in the EAS community, EAS alumni, and members of the Caltech community. Click here for full description of how to make a nomination. Nominations will reopen for 2022 awards in Spring 2022.

Year Winner
2021 Sara Beery
2021 Abigail (Abby) Jiang
2021 Daniel Mukasa
2021 Alexander Choi
2021 Leah Ginsburg
2021 Marcus Lee
2021 Victoria Lee

EAS Ad-Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (2020)

In 2020, Ravi Ravichandran, the EAS Booth Leadership Chair, established the EAS Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The members were Harry Atwater (Chair), John Dabiri, Michelle Effros, Andrei Faraon, Melany Hunt, Beverley McKeon, Austin Minnich, Yisong Yue, and Chris Umans.

The Committee’s charge is to develop recommendations for a set of useful and actionable measures that EAS can undertake to achieve its objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and recommend a set of concrete metrics for measuring success in increasing the diversity of the EAS Division and associated Caltech communities. The Committee consulted broadly with faculty, students, postdocs, and staff across the Division to seek their opinions and input, and produced the Report of the Engineering and Applied Science Division Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in November 2020.

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