Personal and professional values in the College of Engineering

The students, scholars and staff in the College of Engineering are united in our common desire to make the world a better place. We are firmly committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion that will allow everyone to realize their full potential. As a College, we acknowledge and are actively working to address any systemic barriers of prejudice that may exist within the engineering community and society at large. Our actions align with the goals of the engineering and computer science organizations and accrediting bodies that set the bar for personal and professional excellence in our vital disciplines.


We define diversity as the condition of having different fundamental characteristics or being composed of differing elements; the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.


We define equity as the condition of having justice according to natural law or right, specifically the freedom from bias or favoritism or inconsistent treatment.


We define inclusion as the act, activities, and policies of including or the state of being included.

GEM Fellowship opportunity for grad students

Considering grad school? The National GEM Consortium, which seeks to increase participation of underrepresented groups at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science, offers a GEM Fellowship program that matches its fellows with GEM employer members, which include national labs and top tech companies. Applications are due by Nov. 10, 2023. For more, see the GEM Difference.

The College of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee applied for GEM membership in 2023; the University of Nevada, Reno, has been accepted into the program.

Photo gallery

  • Engineering Associate Dean Indira Chatterjee, second from left, and attendees of the Society of Women Engineers' Evening with Industry event are seen in the February 2023 photo.
  • Engineering Dean Erick Jones, right, speaks with participants at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Evening with Industry Event in February 2023.
  • Engineering Dean Erick Jones speaks to members of the Society of Women Engineers and students from the Truckee Meadows Community College at a Dec. 2, 2022 event to support transfer students at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Participants in the Dec. 2, 2022, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)-Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) event work on a hands-on activity.
  • The College of Engineering and its partners offered Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Feb. 24, 2022.
  • Two participants at Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Feb. 24, 2022 at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Autumn Cuellar, inaugural recipient of the International Women's Day Award for Inclusive Practices, with her mentor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering Associate Professor Dave Feil-Seifer are seen in this 2021 photo.
  • An April 30, 2021 check presentation established the IEA Women & Minority in Construction Scholarship to support undergraduates studying civil, environmental or electrical engineering. From left to right: Flynn Ginty; former Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis; Jeff Foerste; Krishna Pagilla, chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Morayma Da Silva; Angela Hudgens.