PI: Renetta G. Tull, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Affairs (UMBC), Director of Pipeline Professional Development for the University System of Maryland, and Professor of the Practice in UMBC’s College of Engineering & IT (COEIT), will provide programmatic direction and oversight for the PROMISE Engineering Institute. She will centralize programs, and oversee program coordination for the alliance. Leadership: GEM Consortium, AGEP, GAANN, LSAMP, BD, ADVANCE Puerto Rico, CIRTL INCLUDES

Co-Principal Investigator: Janet C. Rutledge, Ph.D., the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, will provide guidance on faculty hiring, and assist with program oversight at UMBC. Leadership: ADVANCE, i-Cubed, LSAMP, LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD), AGEP

Co-Principal Investigator (initial, at the time of proposal submission): Julia Ross, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Engineering & Information Technology (COEIT), and Constellation Professor of Information Technology and Engineering. Ross will work with COEIT and the Office of the Provost to facilitate engineering faculty diversity at UMBC.

(Julia Ross is now the Dean of Engineering at Virginia Tech University. UMBC’s new COEIT Dean is Keith Bowman, Ph.D.)


Morgan State Co-Principal Investigator: Monique Head, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Research, School of Engineering, Associate Professor/Structural Engineering, will hire the Coordinator for the training activities at Morgan State, and will oversee the project.

Morgan State Co-Principal Investigator: Yacob Astatke, Ph.D. Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will serve as a mentor for international engagement as a representative of the Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity initiative.

UMCP Co-Principal Investigator: Darryll Pines, Ph.D., Dean of the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, and Dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering.  Dean Pines will facilitate engineering faculty diversity at College Park, and assist with state-wide discussions with engineering deans.

UMCP Co-Investigator (initial, at the time of proposal submission): Peter Kofinas, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Keystone Professor; Affiliate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Affiliate, Materials Science & Engineering, will direct the project at College Park.

(Peter Kofinas is now Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  The new Associate Dean is Elisabeth Smela, Ph.D.)

Johns Hopkins Co-Principal Investigator: Edward Scheinerman, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Education in the Whiting School of Engineering, will oversee activities at Johns Hopkins, and will assist with assessment and improvement of the PROMISE Engineering Institute’s practices.

Johns Hopkins Co-Principal Investigator: Darlene F. Saporu, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, will lead the PROMISE Engineering Institute’s projects at Johns Hopkins, and will assist with ways to institutionalize practices that diversify the academic community.