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.
Inclusive Excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. Daily actions toward Inclusive Excellence are the responsibility of every one of us.
ABCs of fostering Inclusive Excellence at UF:
- Advocate for everyone’s success.
- Be an ally to others as you partner with your colleagues on DEI work.
- Celebrate your successes!
- Mark E. Orazem – Chair
- Lilu Funkenbusch
- Tony Ladd
- Whitney Stoppel
- Janice Harris
- Maaz Saeed Ahmed
- Zoharia B. Dreyfuss
- Ambar Velázquez
LiLu FunkenbuschInstructional Assistant Professor
Dr. LiLu T. Funkenbusch received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2012. She then received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2017 under the guidance of Dr. Michael E. Mullins. She continued as an instructor in the same department for a year. Her work focused on improving biorefinery designs by creating process-level reactor models to provide accurate estimates of energy and resource requirements, greenhouse gas production, and product compositions and yields. This allows the pinpointing of areas that require further economic improvement or technical development, and can improve the quality and accuracy of life cycle and technoeconomic assessments.
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.