IDEA Coalition

IDEA Coalition

IDEA Coalition

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering champions diversity within our community. We are committed to an inclusive learning environment promoting individual and group empowerment, equity and elimination of discrimination, and our students, faculty and staff are expected to support this mission. Each person will treat one another with dignity and respect regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race or culture.


Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. Daily actions toward Inclusive Excellence are the responsibility of every one of us.

ABCs of fostering Inclusive Excellence at UF:

  • Advocate for everyone’s success.
  • Be an ally to others as you partner with your colleagues on DEI work.
  • Celebrate your successes!

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Our mission is to identify and name the systemic barriers to equity and inclusion present within our department, then work with those affected to co-create policy changes and implement solutions to increase diversity and access.

Our vision is to create a department in which all identities are welcomed and protected, in which all individuals have equal access to resources and feel empowered to speak up when they do not, and in which we work together as a community towards our mutual success, growth, and well-being.

Accomplishing these objectives calls for each of us to be among the strongest voices demanding change and the strongest forces working to achieve it. The burden is everyone’s to bear, but to this point far too few have shouldered the weight.

MSE-NE IDEA Coalition Members (2021-2022)

Faculty
  • Andreas Enqvist, Ph.D., –  Chair
  • Ryan Need, Ph.D.
  • Megan Butala, Ph.D.
  • Jim Baciak, Ph.D.
  • Aroba Saleem, Ph.D.
  • Antonio Webb, Ph.D.
Staff
  • Tahara Franklin
  • Nekia Jones
  • Ade Kumuyi
Students
  • Ezra Cockram
  • Justin Silberman
  • Erin Volpe
  • Timothy Yoo

 

Photo of James Baciak James BaciakProfessor, Florida Power and Light Professor
Work Nuclear Annex 113 (352) 273-2131

Research Interests: Applied aspects of cargo monitoring, detector testing and characterization for gamma-ray spectroscopy, as well as development and analysis of techniques for environmental sampling and surveys related to on-site inspections.

Photo of Megan Butala Megan ButalaAssistant Professor
Work 172 Rhines Hall (352) 294-7876

Ph.D., 2017, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Energy Storage Materials, Lithium-ion Batteries, Structure-Property Relationships, X-ray Diffraction, Pair Distribution Function Analysis

Lab Website: Butala Research Group

Photo of Andreas Enqvist Andreas EnqvistNuclear Engineering Program Director, Florida Power and Light Professor
Work 100A Rhines Hall (352) 294-2177

Ph. D. Chalmers, University of Technology, Sweden

Research Interests: Nuclear safeguards, detection statistics of radiation from fissile materials, and the physics behind particle-detector interactions. Neutron physics & detectors. Neutron noise signals. Radiation signal analysis

Lab Website: Enqvist Research Group

Photo of Tahara Franklin Tahara FranklinAcademic Advisor III
Work 108 Rhines Hall
Photo of Nekia Jones Nekia JonesAssistant to the Department Chair
Work 100 Rhines Hall
Photo of Ade Kumuyi Ade KumuyiAcademic Advisor II
Work 108 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3314
Photo of Ryan Need Ryan NeedAssistant Professor
Work 150 Rhines Hall (352) 294-1690

Ph.D., 2017, University of California Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Thin Film Deposition, Interface and Defect Engineering, Emergent Phenomena, Quantum Materials, Nanoionics, Magnetism, X-Ray and Neutron Scattering

Lab Website: Quantum Materials Design Group

Photo of Aroba Saleem Aroba SaleemInstructional Assistant Professor
Work MAE 313 (352) 294-1789

Ph.D., McGill University, 2017

Research Interests: Engineering Education; Material Characterization; Non-destructive Evaluation (Electromagnetic Measurements); Structure-Property Relationship; Micromagnetics

 

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IDEA Coalition Action List

The MSE IDEA Coalition has developed an Action Items List aimed at achieving our vision to help us to become a department in which all identities are welcomed and protected, in which all individuals have equal access to resources and feel empowered to speak up when they do not, and in which we work together as a community towards our mutual success, growth and well-being. This list will be revisited on a continued basis to identify new or modified action when needed or where opportunities arise.


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Latest News

  • MLK Virtual Events & Resources – 2022

    01/10/2022

    Have you made your plans? Get involved! Each year on the third Monday of January, the nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and reflects on the work that still needs to be done for racial equality. This year, make it more than just a day off and take time to both reflect and participate. A National ...

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  • Special Feature: The Changemakers

    12/07/2021

    Inequality in science and engineering can have lasting impacts across race, gender and ethnicities that go unnoticed for decades – yet affect treatments and solutions used every day. Now, four faculty members in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering aim to shine a light on some of these knowledge gaps and help rectify the ...

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  • Cutting-edge MSE Researcher Helps Bring Inclusion and Equity to Campus Community

    06/29/2021

    Spotlight on Dr. Ryan Need (they/them) We recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ryan Need, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Q: Dr. Need, first, welcome as a relatively new faculty member at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Can you tell us about your experience as a new faculty ...

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  • IDEA Coalition Action List

    05/11/2021

    The MSE IDEA Coalition has developed an Action Items List aimed at achieving our vision to help us to become a department in which all identities are welcomed and protected, in which all individuals have equal access to resources and feel empowered to speak up when they do not, and in which we work together ...

    READ MORE
  • Department Statement in Support of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

    03/23/2021

    We are reaching out with a message of support and solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members of our community amid increasing violence and discrimination, and a history of the same, in the U.S. There has been a marked increased racial violence and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) over the ...

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