Mission and Goals

The Materials Science and Engineering Diversity Committee develops and implements a series of activities in order to enrich our welcoming environment for all undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff, especially for people from underrepresented groups.

Committee Members

Dr. Carolina Tallon (Chair)
Dr. Alex Aning
Dr. David Clark
Dr. Kathy Lu
Ms. Kim Grandstaff
Ms. Alexis Trent
Mr. Kevin Gjata 

Focus Theme (February - March 2018) 

*For more information on how to support Gender Equity at MSE and VT visit:

Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community

Virginia Tech adopts and practices these principles as fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.

Disrupting Academic Bullying

To maintain a culture of civility throughout the graduate education experience, academic bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Virginia Tech’s Safe Zone 

Established in 1998, the Safe Zone program was created as a collaborative effort between the Dean of Students; HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus (LGBT Caucus); and the Office for Equity and Access (formerly the Office of Equal Opportunity).

Stop Abuse

Virginia Tech commits to: working toward ending abuse and violence on campus; supporting the abused, and holding perpetrators accountable.

Activities this month...

  • Weekly Coffee Donut for Faculty- Staff- Graduate Students, Wednesdays 9 – 10am. MSE lounge.

  • Brown bag lunch for Faculty-Staff-Graduate Students-Undergraduate Students- First Friday of the month, Randolph 142.

  • MSE Seminar series. Friday 2nd March. 3.30pm. 113 McBryde Hall: Prof. Elizabeth Dickey. MSE NCSU. Title of the talk: “Point Defects Dynamics in Electroceramic Materials” https://www.mse.ncsu.edu/profile/ecdickey