The College of Engineering is proud to present Engineering an Inclusive Future, a communications platform showcasing our college-wide efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion.
We strive to implement the vision set forth by Chancellor May to make UC Davis one of the most diverse and inclusive universities in the country and to “integrate concepts of diversity, inclusion, and equity into everything we do.”
These efforts highlight how much we’ve done—and how much more we will be doing—to move the College of Engineering toward “inclusion excellence,” in which all members of a community are encouraged and supported to work, study and learn in a way that allows each of us to reach our full potential. We also encourage you to present the land acknowledgement statement at any UC Davis event held on the Davis campus. Explore our efforts below, as told through the viewpoints of our remarkable faculty, staff, researchers and students.
Shooting for the Stars
Duha Bader reactivated the UC Davis chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and successfully hosted the largest conference in it’s region’s history.
Curiosity and Hard Work
What is typical for Neeraj Senthil is extraordinary. This top UC Davis biomedical engineering graduate earned a provisional patent, maintained A+ grades and volunteered his time.
Empowering Future Generations
Xaviera Azodoh, originally from Nigeria, is focused on involvement in organizations like Ujima Girls in a Robotics Leadership Project.
Inspiring Latinas in Engineering
Twin engineers Victoria and Vanessa Liera are putting their design skills to use in a unique way: building a clothing line to support Latina engineers.
Biotech and Classic Music 'In Concert'
Joyce Lin balanced a minor in music and an internship in Associate Professor Cheemeng Tan's lab focused on "cyborg cells."
From Harvesting to Engineering
Jesus Trujillo worked in fields since the age of 14 and came to UC Davis to study mechanical engineering and precision agriculture for a career in automated harvesting.
Uplifting Voices in Engineering
Ralph Aldredge has been a leader in the college for years in an effort to lift up student voices and ensure prospective and current students with disadvantaged backgrounds can find a pathway to excel at UC Davis.
A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion
Colleen E. Bronner, an associate professor of teaching and vice-chair of undergraduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion at UC Davis.
Award Winning Diversity
UC Davis’ Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Renetta Tull received the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association’s Diversity Award in March 2022.
Paving the Way for Others
Sabbie Miller taught underrepresented middle and high schoolers in the Bay Area and at UC Davis, she has worked with K-12 students to help make STEM topics accessible and engaging.
Chancellor’s Fellowship for DEI
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Setareh Rafatirad was announced as a recipient of the 2023 Chancellor's Fellowships for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
NSBE Lifetime Member of the Year
Chancellor Gary S. May joined the National Society of Black Engineers as an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. He was named the organization's Lifetime Member of the Year in 2023.
Growing a Health, Equity and Wellness Committee from the Grassroots Up
Our biomedical engineering department committee success stems from active listening and diversity of members.