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DEI Leadership

The department’s DEI committees are charged with overseeing and assessing the department’s strategic plan in DEI. Learn more about our committees below and how you can get involved with ME’s DEI initiatives. Want to start a new affinity group focused on DEI issues in mechanical engineering? Contact Susan Cheng (chengs[at], the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, to learn how the department can support your group!

Faculty DEI Committee

Wei Lu
Wei Lu (Chair, Professor)

Susan Cheng
Susan Cheng (Co-chair, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion)

Tulga Ersal
Tulga Ersal (Associate Professor)

Serife Tol
Serife Tol (DEI Committee, Assistant Professor)

Margaret Wooldridge
Margaret Wooldridge (DEI Committee, Professor)

Solomon Adera
Solomon Adera (Assistant Professor)

Hongyi Xiao
Hongyi Xiao (Assistant Professor)

Faculty Ally for Diversity in Graduate Education

Serife Tol
Serife Tol (Assistant Professor)

CoE Office of Culture, Community and Equity Staff Network Liaison

Susan Cheng
Susan Cheng, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

U-M Council for Disability Concerns Representative

Colin Jones
Colin Jones (Facilities Assistant)

Student & Postdoc ME DEI Alliance

Penny Kitsopoulos
Panagiota (Penny) Kitsopoulos: Co-President (she/her)

Zeinab Ismail
Zeinab Ismail: Co-President (she/her)

Minjeong Kim
Minjeong Kim: Co-President Fall 2023 (she/her)

Allison King
Allison King: Secretary/Treasurer

Dylan Kovacevich
Dylan Kovacevich: Treasurer (he/him)

Hannah Faustyn
Hannah Faustyn: Grant Manager (she/her)

Vansh Sharma
Vansh Sharma: Grant Manager (he/him)

Adam Cherepon
Adam Cherepon (he/him)

Daniel Delgado
Daniel Delgado Cornejo (he/him)

Clare Lanaghan
Clare Lanaghan (she/her)

Chen Li
Chen Li (he/him)

Othman Oudghiri Idrissi
Othman Oudghiri-Idrissi (he/him)

Eric Roman (he/him)

Yashasvi S Sharma
Yashasvi Shanker Sharma (he/him)

Interested in joining or supporting the ME DEI Alliance? Fill out this short interest form to receive more information about contributing to this group.

Have questions or new ideas about DEI in the department? Sign up for DEI Office Hours to share.