Our Mission:

We, the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), strive to sustain a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive learning environment, aligned with UVA Engineering’s core value of excellence through diversity. Our committee’s mission is to create a better student experience, enhance faculty and staff careers, and enliven our department culture. To advance this mission, we resolve to implement a proactive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy that elevates awareness and accountability for the entire MSE department.

  • Meet the MSE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

    The MSE DEI Committee is here to help make MSE a welcoming and inclusive environment.  If you have concerns or ideas you would like to share, please reach out to any member of the committee.  If you would like to report an incident, please contact any committee member or UVA Just Report It.

    Committee Members:


    • David Green, Co-Chair

     Associate Professor


    • Beth Opila, Co-Chair

               Professor, Associate Chair for Academics


    • Ji Ma

               Assistant Professor


    • Stephen McDonnell

                Assisant Professor



    • Bryana Amador

               Senior Administrative Assistant


    • Claire Culver

               Undergraduate Student Coordinator



    • Sara Hoseini Makarem

               Graduate Student


    • Niquana Smith

               Graduate Student



  • MSE DEI Goals

    The goals of the MSE Department Diveristy, Equity and Inclusion Committee are:

    1. Increase the diversity among faculty, staff, and students;
    2. Develop policies for an equitable department; and
    3. Create an inclusive department
  • Meet SEAD - Students Establishing an Antiracist Department

    We are graduate students in the University of Virginia's Department of Materials Science and Engineering that aim to work with the faculty and administrative structure to actively mentor underrepresented minorities, engage in cultural appreciation and diversity, and dismantle racist policies while simultaneously implementing even stronger antiracist policies at the department, school and university levels. Learn more

  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

    Learn about our NSF REU in Advanced Materials Systhesis - a summer research experience for undergraduate students.

"I find the MSE faculty and students engaging and personable. Although people are busy - they care about each other. And will take the time to help each other succeed. I truly believe everyone is given chance(s) to succeed. I know we are actively working on diversity through recruiting and retention initiatives. "

MSE Student

"We seek to build a diverse and equitable community of students from all backgrounds and to provide a home for one and all. The materials discipline itself embraces diversity and requires it in order to succeed. "

John Scully, MSE Department Chair