2021 AIMBE Diversity Summit – Speakers

Panel: University Leadership – Thursday, January 28, 2021

University President’s Address Racism in BME

Gilda Barabino, Ph.D.

Olin College of Engineering

Gilda A. Barabino is President of Olin College of Engineering. She previously served as Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean at The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering. Prior to joining CCNY, she was Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity. Prior to Georgia Tech and Emory, she rose to the rank of Professor of Chemical Engineering and was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University. She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and the role of race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering.

Dr. Barabino is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). Dr. Barabino serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. She is Past-President of BMES and Past-President of AIMBE. She has received an honorary degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, AIChE’s Award for Service to Society, and AIMBE’s Pierre Galletti Award. Dr. Barabino is a member of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee for Engineering, the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, and the incoming chair of the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, faculty and workforce development.

She received a B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. from Rice University.

Gary May, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

Chancellor Gary S. May is a highly engaged leader with a passion for helping others succeed. He believes success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others.

Throughout his career, he’s championed diversity, equity and inclusion in both higher education and the workplace. He developed nationally recognized programs that attract, mentor and retain underrepresented groups in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, President Obama honored him with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring.

May earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. He was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in September 2018.

In April 2020, May was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences under the classification of “educational and academic leadership.” He was one of 276 newly elected members, who include artists, scientists, and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

A prominent voice in higher education, May is a Commissioner of the Council on Competitiveness and other national committees.

His vision as UC Davis’ seventh chancellor is to lead the university to new heights in academic excellence, inclusion, public service and upward mobility for students from all backgrounds.

Roy Wilson, M.D.

Wayne State University

Dr. M. Roy Wilson became the 12th president of Wayne State University on August 1, 2013. Prior to joining Wayne State, President Wilson served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

Previously, he was dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for health sciences at Creighton University, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver and chair of the Board of Directors of University of Colorado Hospital/Anschutz Medical Campus. President Wilson also chaired the Board of Directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and was acting president during part of that time.

President Wilson’s research has focused on glaucoma and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine).

President Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Deans Panel: Institutional Changes to Implement NOW

Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D.

Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Texas, Dallas

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams is the 5th Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas, Dallas and President of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Adams has held administrative and faculty positions at Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Adams is an honor graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering. She was awarded the Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and she received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University, where she concentrated on Industrial Engineering and Management.

Her research interests include: Broadening Participation, Faculty and Graduate Student Development, International/Global Education, Teamwork and Team Effectiveness, and Quality Control and Management. In 2003, she received the CAREER award from the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Adams is a leader in the advancement and inclusion of all in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. She has worked with numerous of colleges and universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations on topics related to graduate education, mentoring, faculty development and diversifying STEM.

Adams is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the 2017 WEPAN Founders Award; the 2016 ASEE Engineering Management Bernie Sarchet Lifetime Award; the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award North Carolina A&T State University; and the Holling Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award and Henry Y. Kleinkauf Outstanding Assistant Professor Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2005, she was selected as an AAAS/NSF Science and Engineering Policy Fellow and in 2013, she was selected as a fellow of ASEE.

Jennifer Curtis, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Engineering
University of California, Davis

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the development and validation of particle flow models which have been extensively adopted by both commercial and open source CFD software packages. She was the first to partner with ANSYS Fluent to greatly expand the multi-phase simulation capability of the code which is used by 96 of the 100 biggest industrial companies in the world and over 40,000 customers. She is a Fellow of APS, AAAS, ASEE and AIChE. She is recipient of AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE’s Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award (McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program), ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, ASEE’s Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, ASEE’s CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education, ASEE’s Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She also received the Van Antwerpen Award – the highest award for service to the Institute by the AIChE Board of Directors. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University which recently recognized her as a distinguished engineering alumna. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.

Rosemarie D. Wesson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering
The City College of New York

Dr. Rosemarie D. Wesson is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York. Dr. Wesson’s professional experience includes Director and Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Engineering; faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University; and Senior Research Leader in the Corporate Materials Science Research and Development Lab of The Dow Chemical Company.

She is an invited contributing author for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) PRISM magazine and a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Dr. Wesson recently ended a three-year term on the AIChE Board of Directors and received the 2014 Minority Action Committee (MAC) Eminent Chemical Engineers Award for outstanding contributions to the minority chemical engineering community. She is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Dr. Wesson received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.S. and Ph.D., both in Chemical Engineering, from The University of Michigan. Dr. Wesson is also a registered Professional Engineer.

Federal and Private Funding for Diversity and Inclusion

Noni H. Byrnes, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Byrnes is responsible for overseeing a majority of the NIH peer review process, including receipt of all NIH grant applications and peer review of ~ 76% of them, more than 64,000 grant applications per year, done with the assistance of more than 18,000 reviewers. Dr. Byrnes has a track record of innovation and leading change. Under her leadership, CSR launched a data-driven framework for the continuous evaluation of all of its 176 study sections, using objective measures and expert input from stakeholders in the scientific community. CSR continues to lead the NIH in implementation of best practices, training, and management strategies to avoid undue influence in peer review. In collaboration with the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity and NIGMS, Dr. Byrnes led the development, dissemination, and evaluation of preliminary training for reviewers and NIH staff to ensure review outcomes are based on review criteria instead of underlying assumptions. In addition, she has led collaborative efforts with the NIH Common Fund to pilot a multi-stage, partial double-blinded review for transformative R01s. More recently, Dr. Byrnes initiated new strategies to broaden the pool of reviewers and limit the influence of “gatekeepers” on peer review as well as led IT solutions such as the application of machine learning/artificial intelligence for flagging potential violations of review integrity. Prior to joining CSR, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry, where she conducted research to support Investigational New Drug submissions, served on Phase III clinical trial project teams, and provided oversight of contracts with Clinical Research Organizations. Dr. Byrnes holds a B.S. in chemistry from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Lorelle Espinosa, Ph.D.

Program Director
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Dr. Lorelle Espinosa serves as program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where she is responsible for developing and implementing evidence-based strategic priorities for the Foundation’s grantmaking to effectively advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM higher education. Her portfolio includes the Foundation’s signature DEI programs—the University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership—which seek to transform STEM graduate education by supporting universities in strengthening pathways to and through master’s and doctoral study for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education research, policy, and practice, Espinosa is a national voice on issues pertaining to college access and success for diverse populations and on the role of equity-minded leadership in postsecondary settings. A Pell Grant recipient and first-generation college graduate, Espinosa earned her Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles; her B.A. from the University of California, Davis; and her A.A. from Santa Barbara City College.

Institutional Funding for DEI Initiatives

Alison Gammie, Ph.D.

Director, NIGMS
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Alison Gammie is director of the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health, which supports the Institute’s research training, career development, and diversity-building activities through a number of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels.

Prior to coming to NIGMS, she was a Senior Lecturer at Princeton University, where, in addition to teaching, mentoring, and running a research laboratory, she served as an academic advisor, an Associate Member at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Director of Diversity Programs & Graduate Recruiting. Honors include Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Graduate Mentoring Award, and the American Society for Microbiology Hinton Award for advancing the research careers of under-represented minorities.

Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr.

Founder and Chief Equity Officer
National Training Institute on Race and Equity

Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. He is the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and a tenured professor of Psychology at Morehouse College.

He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was also a contributor and trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs.

Between 2017 and 2020, Dr. Marks provided implicit bias training to over 45,000 employees and volunteers in law enforcement; city, county, and federal government; corporations; education; and healthcare.

Dr. Marks holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks is married to Dr. Kimberly Marks and father to Kim, Zion-Trinity, and Bryant II.

Thomas Rudin

Former Director, Board on Higher Education & Workforce
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Tom Rudin is the former Director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—a position he held from August 2014 through November 2020. BHEW provides government, academic and industry leadership with analyses, insights, and recommendations designed to inform action on issues in higher education and the science and engineering workforce. Prior to joining the National Academies, Mr. Rudin served as senior vice president for career readiness and senior vice president for advocacy, government relations and development at the College Board from 2006-2014. He was also vice president for government relations from 2004-2006 and executive director of grants planning and management from 1996-2004 at the College Board. Before joining the College Board, Mr. Rudin was a policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1991, Mr. Rudin taught courses in U.S. public policy, human rights, and organizational management as a visiting instructor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In the early 1980s, he directed the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology for North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and he holds master’s degrees in public administration and in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.