The College of Engineering is committed to fostering a welcoming equitable and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the College. To lead our efforts in this area, in November of 2018 the College established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council made up of faculty, staff, and students. The Council meets monthly throughout the academic year.

DEI Council Charge

  • Provide leadership within the college to promote and achieve a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially racial/ethnic and gender diversity, as evidenced by COE policies and practices;
  • Lead the college’s engagement in the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program and the creation of the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plans; and
  • Provide ongoing feedback and recommendations on proposed new and current DEI related functions to promote a cycle of progress for a more effective DEI and anti-racism infrastructure across all areas and units of the college.



DEI members
Council Members (2021-2022)
Name / Title Status Unit Represented

Sarah Vigmostad
Associate Professor

Faculty DEI Council Co-Chair

Diane Fountain
Director of Human Resources

Staff DEI Council Co-Chair
Emmanuel Akor Grad Student Engineering Grad Student Council

Josh Atcher
Director, Academic Resources & Support

Staff Engineering Student Success Team

Kai Ayala

Undergrad Student   Engineering Student Council

Jatin Dhamrait

Undergrad Student  Engineering Student Council

Jennifer Fiegel

Faculty Dean's Faculty Fellow

Sandy Gerard
Program Coordinator

Staff IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering

Nicole Grosland
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Faculty Academic Programs

Andrew Kusiak

Faculty Engineering Faculty Council

Joshua Lobb
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs

Staff Graduate Programs

Dawn Marshall
Research Manager

Staff National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS)

Dan McGehee
Associate Professor & Director, DSRI

Faculty Industrial & Systems Engineering

Brian Morelli
News and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Staff Engineering Staff Advisory Council

Jerry Schnoor

Faculty Civil & Environmental Engineering

Charlie Stanier

Faculty Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Phil Thompson
Associate Prof. of Practice

Faculty Electrical & Computer Engineering

Rachel Vitali
Assistant Professor

Faculty Mechanical Engineering

Lucinda Williamson

Grad Student Engineering Grad Student Council

Kristan Worthington
Assistant Professor

Faculty Biomedical Engineering

Shaoping Xiao

Faculty Iowa Technology Institute


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DEI Programs

DEI programs sponsored by the College of Engineering


Action Plan and Reports

Listening Posts Summary, Annual Report, and FY21 Action Plan




Funding Opportunities

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The College of Engineering (COE) and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Council are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for COE faculty, staff, and students.

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Student Professional Development Awards

The DEI Council awards professional development grants to students in the College of Engineering (undergraduate or graduate)

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Undergraduate Scholarships

This new tuition and fees scholarship is open to all undergraduate students promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion activities in the College of Engineering.