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Message of Support - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

June 1, 2020

Dear Mechanical Engineering Community,

The recent events surrounding the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have upset many in our Stanford Engineering community. These deaths were needless and tragic. They remind us that our country still needs to achieve equal justice for all and address the issue of racism, especially as it impacts our nation's Black community. Those of us who are not Black cannot fully understand what the Black experience is in this country. We are privileged to do things without concern that Black people simply cannot. Black students are living in cities that are undergoing an unprecedented amount of turmoil. They are afraid, disappointed, and exhausted. It's important that we, as members of the Mechanical Engineering community and as human beings, unite in a clear voice to condemn racism and discrimination of all kinds.

Stanford Mechanical Engineering does not tolerate any hateful language, images, or other acts of intolerance, as we are building a safe and inclusive community in person and online. There are two things we all can do: support each other by reaching out to those in pain, and stand up as a community to reaffirm our support for justice for all communities. It is our mission to educate engineers who will advocate for and nurture the diversity of our nation to create justice for all. We must continue to strive for a world in which discrimination and hate have no presence, and those who perpetuate hateful and racist acts are held accountable.

As a department, we invite discussion and participation in thinking how to address these issues. Please reach out to Sheri Sheppard at sheppard@stanford.edu if you would like to engage in these activities. We encourage the entire Mechanical Engineering Community to participate in a Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, June 11, at 1:30pm to come together and discuss our next steps.

Sincerely,

Stacy Ayraud, Product Realization Lab Assistant
Dave Beach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Sara Berg-Love, Mechanical Engineering graduate student
Trish Brooke, Finance Officer in Mechanical Engineering
Kristin Burns, Mechanical Engineering Design Group Manager
Diane Bush, Assistant to Professor Scott Delp
Wei Cai, Professor of Mechancial Engineering
Mark Capelli, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
J. Edward Carryer, Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Larry Cathey, Vehicle Research Platform Manager
Priscilla Chan, Degree Progress Officer
Eric Chang, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
Frank Charbonier, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
Ovijit Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Helen L. Chen, Research Scientist, Designing Education Lab, Mechanical Engineering
Kelly Chu, Group Administrator (Mechanics & Computation, Biomechanics) in Mechanical Engineering
Hong Clark, Executive Assistant to Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Brittany Coffer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group Front Desk Administrator
Steve Collins, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Caroline Condon, Graduate Student and Course Assistant
Seth Cordts, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
Mark Cutkosky, Fletcher Jones Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Eric Darve, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kathy Davies, Managing Director, Stanford Life Design Lab
Marcela De los Rios, student in Mechanical Engineering
Scott Delp, James H. Clark Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
Julia Di, PhD student
Won Kyung Do, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
John Eaton, Charles Lee Powell Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering
John Edmark, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Omar El Safty, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Ennis, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Alison Ferris, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Sean Follmer, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Joy A. Franco, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Chris Gerdes, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ken Goodson, Davies Family Provostial Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Wendy Gu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Karl Gumerlock, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Shivani Guptasarma, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering 
Ron Hanson, Woodard Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Elisa Thalia Hernandez, Nanoscale Prototyping Lab Administrator 
Julia Lecana Hok, Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering 
Taylor Howell, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Bryce Huerta, Coterminal Master's Student in Mechanical Engineering and Co-President of Stanford Undergraduates in Mechanical Engineering
Joe Hustein, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Gianluca Iaccarino, Director of ICME and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Matthias Ihme, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dhiraj Indana, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
David L. Jaffe, Lecturer,  Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Steve Jones, Director of Stanford High Performance Computing Center
Barbara A. Karanian, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Nita Singh Kaushal, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
David Kelley, Donald W. Whittier Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Monroe Kennedy III, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Thomas Kenny, Richard Weiland Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Associate Dean of Engineering for Student Affairs
Maddie Kern, Graduate Admissions Officer
Perry Klebahn, Adjunct Professor, d.school
Marlo Kohn, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
Jessica Kubo, Faculty Affairs & Staffing Manager in Mechanical Engineering
Ellen Kuhl, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Juyoung Leem, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
Larry Leifer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Sanjiva Lele, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Mechanical Engineering
David Lentink, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Marc Levenston, Director of Graduate Admission and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Adrian Lew, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Tammy Liaw, Program Administrator, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Jessie Liu, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Arun Majumdar, Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Melissa Marable, Co-President of Stanford Undergraduates in Mechanical Engineering and Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Student
Giselle Martin, Director of Finance and Operations in Mechanical Engineering
Caetano Melone, HPC Support Engineer, Stanford High Performance Computing Center
Craig Milroy, Director of Undergraduate Teaching Labs in Mechanical Engineering & Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Reggie Mitchell, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Paul Mitiguy, Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Jessie Mohsen, Student Services Specialist
Carol B. Muller, Adjunct Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
Eva Nates, Undergraduate student
Drew Nelson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Brett Newman, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Allison Okamura, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Victoria Ou, Master's Student in Mechanical Engineering
Claudia Parisuana-Barranca, Master's Student in Mechanical Engineering
So Yeon Park, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Mathias Peirlinck, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
Crystal Pennywell, Center for Design Research Manager
Peter Pinsky, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Fritz Prinz, Finmeccanica Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Michelle Rice, Director of Student and Academic Services in Mechanical Engineering
Bernie Roth, Rodney H. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Sloan Rueter, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford and Product Design Assistant
Amanda Knox Sather, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Amelie Schaefer, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Mark Schar, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Sara Shaughnessy, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Sheri Sheppard, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Filip Simeski, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Dan Somen, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Christopher Strand, Senior Research Engineer, Thermosciences
Arul Suresh, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Design Group
Adele Tanaka, CARS Associate Director
Sindy Tang, Chair of Undergraduate Curriculum and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Joseph Towles, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
Nathan Usevitch, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Gradey Wang, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Hai Wang, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Lucy Wang, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering
Nathan Wei, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
Christina Wodtke, Lecturer, Joint Appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
Gosia Wojciechowska, Center for Design Research Assistant
Jeff Wood, Capstone Course & Lab Projects Development Director and Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Wenwen Xie, Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical Engineering
Frances Yang, Product Realization Lab Program Administrator
Kyle Yoshida, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
Xiaolin Zheng, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 

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