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.


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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 (2020-2021)

Faculty
  • Andreas Enqvist, Ph.D., –  Chair
  • Ryan Need
  • Megan Butala
  • Kevin Jones
  • Aroba Saleem
  • Antonio Webb
Staff
  • Tahara Franklin
  • Lorraine Goldsmith
  • Nekia Jones
  • Ade Kumuyi
Students
  • Bobbi-Ann Matheson
  • Nagarajan Neil Rajagopal
  • Justin Silberman
  • Arianne Lazaro

 

Photo of Megan Butala Megan Butala Assistant 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

Photo of Andreas Enqvist Andreas Enqvist Nuclear 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

Photo of Tahara Franklin Tahara Franklin Academic Advisor III
Work 108 Rhines Hall 352-846-3313
Photo of Lorraine Goldsmith Lorraine Goldsmith Academic Assistant II
Work 108 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3315
Photo of Kevin S. Jones Kevin Jones Distinguished Professor, Frederick N. Rhines Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Work 160 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3301

Ph. D., 1987, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Semiconductor Processing and electron microscopy characterization. Ion implantation of Si , Ge and compound semiconductors. Li ion battery anode and cathode development

Photo of Nekia Jones Nekia Jones Assistant to the Department Chair
Work 100 Rhines Hall 352-294-1369
Photo of Ade Kumuyi Ade Kumuyi Academic Advisor II
Work 108 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3314
Photo of Ryan Need Ryan Need Assistant 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

Photo of Aroba Saleem Aroba Saleem Lecturer
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

Photo of Antonio Webb Antonio Webb Assistant Professor
Work 152 Rhines Hall (352) 392-6551

Ph.D., 2008, Northwestern University

Research interests: Elastomeric biomaterials, drug delivery, medical devices, tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, entrepreneurship, translational research

 

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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

  • 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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  • Fighting Racial Inequity by Funding Black Scientists

    01/26/2021

    Representatives from a network of women deans, chairs and distinguished faculty in biomedical engineering are calling upon the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to address disparities in allocating support to Black researchers.  The group made the call to action in the Jan. 26, 2021, issue of the journal Cell. In examining the racial ...

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  • MLK Virtual Events & Resources – 2021

    01/14/2021

    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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