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.

  • MSE Chair's Message on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    We in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are outraged by systemic violence and continual injustices against African Americans that have occurred for centuries in this country. We vow to take concrete actions to make our department a welcoming, safe place where everyone can flourish. We will learn to become better allies to Black faculty, staff, students and alumni. But we must go much further. We must embrace change and continue improvement every day of the year. It is not enough for words and statements, or isolated acts of thoughtfulness; it is time for persistent and sustained actions supported by individuals and institutions alike.

    Read Professor Scully's full message
  • 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


    • Jim Fitz-Gerald

               Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs


    • Ji Ma

               Assistant Professor


    • Giovanni Zangari

               Professor, Director of Graduate Programs



    • Bryana Amador

               Senior Administrative Assistant


    • Claire Culver

               Undergraduate Student Coordinator



    • Utibe-Eno Charles-Granville

               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
  • Recent MSE DEI Activities

    June 2021 - Walking Tour of Charlottesville

                        The Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center gave an exclusive walking tour to the MSE department.  The tour entitled, “Marked by These Monuments,” focuses on the history of Charlottesville and the contextualization of Confederate statues in the city.

    December 2020 - "Light up Wilsdorf Hall" display

    November 2020 - Thanksgiving Dish Swap and MSE Graditude Board

    October 2020 - Microsocial events (socially distant, groups of four or fewer) such as pumpkin carving & bonfire, coffee on the corner, hike, group run, art in the park, trivia night, and dog park day.

  • 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

"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