Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Chemical Engineering Diversity Committee

The University of Florida Chemical Engineering Diversity Committee serves to support efforts to promote a united departmental culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We identify related issues that need to be addressed, propose activities and practices that will improve the department culture, and work in collaboration with relevant groups in the department, college, and university. Our membership includes representation from faculty, staff, doctoral students, master’s students, and undergraduate students. Our committee is supported by an associated working group comprised of members of our industrial advisory board.

Upcoming eVents

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos, Ph.D.BME IDEA will host its very first Interactive cooking class.

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos, Ph.D., will teach us how to make empanadillas on October 13th at 6 pm. More details to come!



IDEA Webinar Series: Inclusive Teaching Practices in Engineering Education
Invited Speaker: Dr. Steven Noll
Presentation Title: Who is Ed Roberts?  And why does he matter?
IDEA values to be covered: disability history, race, and learning environments
When: Friday, October 15th, 2021 | 11:45 AM to 12:45pm EST
To get Zoom Link Invitation: Registration Dr. Noll Webinar


  • Mark E. Orazem – Chair
  • Lilu Funkenbusch
  • Tony Ladd
  • Whitney Stoppel
  • Janice Harris
  • Saeed Ahmed
  • Chan Wen Chiu
  • Zoharia B. Dreyfuss
  • Aniruddha V. Kulkarni
  • Kanva Jailesh Rawal
  • Ambar Velázquez
  • Joshua Pinto
  • Paula Restrepo
Photo of Chan Wen Chiu Chan Wen Chiu
Photo of LiLu T. Funkenbusch LiLu Funkenbusch Instructional Assistant Professor
(352) 294-9193

Ph.D., 2017, Michigan Technological University

Unit Operations

Photo of Janice Harris Janice Harris Administrative Assistant
(352) 392-0885
Photo of Aniruddha Kulkarni Aniruddha Kulkarni Ziegler Research Group

Ziegler Research Group

Photo of Anthony J.C. Ladd Anthony Ladd Professor
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Research Interests: Numerical Simulations of Complex Fluids: Reactive Flows in Porous Media, Hydrodynamic Interactions, Dynamics of Filament Networks

Photo of Mark Orazem Mark Orazem Distinguished Professor, Dr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Edie Professor
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Research Interests: Electrochemical Engineering: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Corrosion (including cathodic protection), Current Distribution in Electrochemical Systems, Fuel Cells, Mathematical Modeling.

Photo of Joshua Pinto Joshua Pinto
Photo of Paula Restrepo Paula Restrepo
Photo of Whitney Stoppel Whitney Stoppel Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, transport in biomaterials

Photo of Ambar Velazquez-Albino Ambar Velazquez-Albino Rinaldi-Ramos Research Laboratory

Rinaldi-Ramos Research Laboratory

COLLEGE Diversity Statement

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) values a diverse and inclusive community. It is integral to success in every area of our college. Therefore, the College is committed to non-discrimination with respect to all areas of human differences, including but not limited to national and ethnic origin, race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, beliefs and opinions, religion and faiths, culture, socio-economic background, level of physical or mental ability, and veteran’s status. This commitment applies in all areas–to students, faculty, and staff and intends to reflect the College’s belief that educational and employment decisions and access to University activities should be based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications.

The HWCOE values broad diversity within our community and is committed to individual and group empowerment, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination.  We aspire to educate students to become future leaders capable of creating diverse and inclusive work cultures wherever their careers may take them.


It is imperative that we take care of ourselves, our children, and others. We have listed below recommended links for information and opportunities.

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