CONTENTS

Our mission is to promote the well-being and resilience of our diverse society through engineering research and education pertinent to the built and natural environment. We aspire to promote a society in which the basic pillars of diversity and equity are sources of strength, health, stability and prosperity.

In consultation with faculty members and staff, ESSIE will undertake many initiatives to get started. This list is by no means exhaustive, perfect, or immutable and we recognize them as only a start. We recognize that real, lasting change, comes from education and representation.

Because together, our impact is greater.

For the Gator Good

A critical aspect of the ESSIE culture is to create a safe environment where diversity, inclusion, equity, and access among students, faculty and staff are encouraged, cultivated and celebrated. In the context of the tragic murders and countless others like it, and the ensuing waves of protests by citizens of all races demanding justice, it is amply clear that we need to expand our efforts to advance diversity and inclusion beyond our institutional walls to build a fair, just and equitable future.

We must all work to destroy systemic racism and be among the strongest voices demanding change and work to achieve it. The process to eliminate systemic racism will be arduous and lengthy, but the time for all of us to step up is long past due. There are people who have invisibly borne the pain and struggle alone amongst our collective blindness. Doing nothing more now than applauding their nobility shelters us from accountability and provides safe haven for the infection to fester. The burden has always been all of ours to bear, but only the few have had their shoulders under the weight. We cannot let this persist.

IDEA Committee

Committees on Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access (IDEA)

Elliot P. Douglas, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as ESSIE’s representative on the College’s IDEA committee. The committee will be discussing and planning further efforts for this summer and fall that will be shared soon.

In addition to having faculty representation on IDEA, the School has initiated the formation of an ESSIE IDEA committee to include students, faculty and staff. Committee members would organize activities to increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and access within the School, engage student groups and promote student leadership.

Photo of Andrew Altieri Andrew Altieri Assistant Professor
352-294-7748

Office
580C Weil Hall

Photo of Christine Angelini Christine Angelini Associate Professor
352-294-7815

Office
575H Weil Hall

Photo of Michael Annable Michael Annable Professor and EES Department Head
352-392-3294

Office
216 Black Hall

Photo of Elliot Douglas Elliot Douglas Professor and EES Undergraduate Coordinator
(352) 846-2836

Office
217 Black Hall

Photo of Kurtis Gurley Kurtis Gurley Professor and ESSIE Associate Director
352-294-7795

Office
475I Weil Hall

Photo of Kirk Hatfield Kirk Hatfield ESSIE Director
(352) 294-7775

Office
365F Weil Hall

Photo of Reba Liddy Hernandez Reba Hernandez ESSIE Marketing & Communications Specialist
352-392-7344

Office
220 Black Hall

Photo of David Kaplan David Kaplan Associate Professor
352-392-8439

Office
102 Phelps Lab

Photo of Maitane Olabarrieta Maitane Olabarrieta Associate Professor
(352) 294-7812

Office
575G Weil Hall

Photo of David O. Prevatt David Prevatt Associate Professor
352-294-7798

Office
475E Weil Hall

Photo of Y. Peter Sheng Y. Peter Sheng Professor Emeritus
(352) 294-7764

Office
553 Weil Hall

Photo of Denise R. Simmons Denise Simmons Associate Professor
352-294-6967

Office
460D Weil Hall

Photo of Katie Snyder Katie Snyder Research Administrator
352-294-7781

Office
360 Weil Hall

Photo of Sandra M St Clair Sandra St Clair Administrative Specialist II
352-294-7758

Office
365 Weil Hall

Photo of Robert Thieke Robert Thieke Christian S. Bauer Jr. Term Assistant Professor and CCE Department Head
352-294-7783

Office
370B Weil Hall

Photo of Chang-Yu Wu Chang-Yu Wu Professor
352-392-0845

Office
406 Black Hall

To view a full listing of each person’s profile, visit the IDEA Committee category in our directory.

Student Members

Sara Eghtessadi, Environmental Engineering Sciences Undergraduate Student

Events

Date/Time Event
07/13/2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AEESP Workshop: Eliminating Systematic Racism and Sexual Harassment in STEM
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis MO

Latest News

  • A Collective Statement from the School

    June 19, 2020

    Dear students, staff, and faculty, We stand with President Kent Fuchs, Dean Henry Frierson of the Graduate School, and Dean Cammy Abernathy of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, in condemning the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks. These murders, and countless others, involving unarmed Black citizens are the tragic outcome of racial violence spawned ...

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Resources

It is imperative that we take care of ourselves, our children, and others. We have listed below recommended links for information and opportunities. In the near future, we will be seeking your input on recommendations to serve on ESSIE’s IDEA committee.

Increase Knowledge:

Comprehensive:

Understanding Why Black People are Anguished:

Being an Ally:

Training/Teaching Resources:

Parents/Kids Resources:

Self-Care Resources: