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A. James Clark School of Engineering Interim Dean Robert M. Briber sent the following email to the Clark School community today:

Clark School Community,

We have all seen, read about and been shocked and appalled by the recent rise in insults, bigotry and violence against our Asian American communities. Anti-Asian behavior — indeed bigotry and violence of any sort — has no place in our college or among our community. 

Engineering is an international profession. Solutions to the great challenges facing society will only arise from diverse teams working together across international boundaries. Advances in technology and in our battle against the coronavirus pandemic remind us the world is fundamentally and inextricably interconnected. It is this interconnectedness that provides the underlying ethical and moral guidance to us as engineers to help to build a more just world.

Please know and make use of the campus resources outlined in the recent messages from President Pines and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Georgina Dodge, and Vice President for Student Affairs, Patty Perillo. We also encourage you to read and share a recent Q&A with Dr. Janelle Wong and consider attending some upcoming community events.

Our community stands united with our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders colleagues.

Sincerely, 

Robert Briber, Interim Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering

Bala Balachandran, Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Bill Bentley, Director Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices

Hugh Bruck, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

John Fisher, Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering

Peter Kofinas, Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Joseph JaJa, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ken Kiger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Jim Milke, Chair of Fire Protection Engineering

Tom Murphy, Director of the Institute for Electronics and Applied Physics

Deb Niemeier, Acting Director of the Maryland Transportation Institute

Derek Paley, Director of the Maryland Robotics Center

Peter Sandborn, Director of the Maryland Technology Institute

Chuck Schwartz, Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jelena Srebric, Associate Dean for Research

Ankur Srivastava, Director of the Institute of Systems Research

George Syrmos, Director of Maryland Graduate Applied Engineering

Eric Wachsman, Director of the Maryland Innovation Institute

Norm Wereley, Chair of Aerospace Engineering

Min Wu, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Ji-Cheng Zhao, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering




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