Committees & Organizations

Equal Opportunity in Engineering Committee

The charge of the Equal Opportunity in Engineering committee is to consider matters pertinent to the recruitment, retention, and graduation of engineering students, at the graduate and undergraduate level, who are from historically underrepresented population groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and to support the recruitment of faculty members from historically underrepresented population groups. 

2017-18 Committee Members

    • Delia Miliron (ChE), Chair
    • Jingyi "Ann" Chen (ASE/EM)
    • Aaron Baker (BME)
    • Juan Murcia-Delso (CAEE)  
    • Edison Thomaz (ECE)
    • Donglei Fan (ME)
    • Nicolas Espinoza (PGE)
    • Michele Meyer, ex-officio
    • Enrique Dominguez (Director, EOE), ex-officio
    • Kevin Vasquez (Graduate Student Representative)
    • Cherrelle Thomas (Graduate Student Representative)
    • Godson Inikori (Undergraduate Student Representative)
    • Will Verastegui (Undergraduate Student Representative)

      Tasks, Deliverables, and Schedule:

      1. Make recommendations as needed or requested regarding the recruitment and development of Cockrell School of Engineering graduate students, from historically underrepresented population groups;
      2. Partner with the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program to pursue federal and state grants to support the recruitment and development of Cockrell School of Engineering graduate students, from historically underrepresented population groups;
      3. a. Example: NSF Bridge to the Doctorate, Supplemental funds for NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
      4. Lead Cockrell School of Engineering efforts to implement a college-wide recruiting database and communication tool designed to assist with increasing the number of Cockrell School of Engineering graduate students, from historically underrepresented population groups;
      5. a. Example:  UT Austin RP Database for undergraduate recruiting
      6. Partner with the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program to raise awareness about graduate school and develop/mentor current Cockrell School of Engineering undergraduate students, from historically underrepresented population groups, for a future graduate education;
      7. Serve as guest speakers, instructors, and role models for Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program initiatives designed to recruit, retain, and graduate undergraduate students, from historically underrepresented population groups, in the Cockrell School of Engineering;
      8. Serve as a resource/support group to Department Chairs during the faculty recruiting process in effort to increase the number of Cockrell School of Engineering faculty members, from historically underrepresented population groups; and
      9. Prepare reports to the Dean on matters as necessary throughout the year and submit a final report of activities no later than the end of the spring semester.

      Membership:

      At least one faculty member from each department and at least two graduate and two undergraduate students will be appointed to serve on this committee. The Director of the EOE Program will serve as an ex-officio member of this committee. The Chair of this committee will be appointed by the Dean.

      Staff Support:

      EOE Office:  Dawn Hunter