MATSE NAMES ALLISON BEESE AS ASSOCIATE HEAD FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING
Allison Beese, professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering, was appointed associate head for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE). She is also the director of the Additive Manufacturing and Design graduate program and co-director of Penn State’s Additive Manufacturing Center, the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D).
“It is an honor to be named the associate head for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging,” said Beese. “I look forward to strengthening the existing groundwork within MatSE, fostering an inclusive atmosphere that acknowledges and cherishes the unique contributions each one of us brings to our classrooms, laboratories, and campus.”
In this position, Beese is responsible for strengthening and furthering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students within MatSE and to provide education and engagement focused on equity, inclusion, and building a true sense of community. She will also continue to help organize and coordinate recruitment efforts that are inclusive while benchmarking and tracking measures of an inclusive culture in the department.
“I look forward to working with our DEIB committee in MatSE to create events and goals for the department that will bring students, faculty, staff, and researchers together as well as to tackle some of the challenges involving DEIB matters,” Beese said.
Beese holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State, master of science and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined MatSE as a faculty member in 2013.