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.
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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