Over time, the TECAID Project Leadership Team has been comprised of three sub-groups working together in concert: the TECAID Principal Investigator (PI) Team; the Subject Matter Experts Team; and the External Evaluator. You’ll find details about each team and its activities in this section of the TECAID website.
TECAID PI Team and External Evaluator: Original Team: 2014-2016
Diane Matt, Tom Perry, Robbie Marks, Aisha Lawrey, Liz Litzler, Klod Kokini
The TECAID Principal Investigator (PI) Team envisioned, proposed, and secured National Science Foundation funding for TECAID – a project that helps build inclusive Mechanical Engineering department cultures. Since 2014, the PI Team has been responsible for the successful leadership and management of TECAID.
In 2016-2017, the PI Team’s composition evolved. New members were on-boarded and the roles of several original members changed. The PI Team is now working on TECAID resources for dissemination to the engineering community.
Diane Matt is Research and Grants Advisor with Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). The inaugural executive director of WEPAN, Matt has been an agent of change, spearheading numerous transformational grant-funded projects to help realize WEPAN's vision of sustainable, systemic inclusion in engineering. With 30 years of experience in membership association leadership, Matt holds B.A. and M.Sc. degrees in geology.
During TECAID’s initial years, Thomas Perry, P.E. served as Director of Engineering Education for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is now retired from that position and serves TECAID in an advisory role as an ASME volunteer.
Aisha Kenya Lawrey, is now Director of Engineering Education for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She guides and supports the work of ASME in helping the shape the future of mechanical engineering and engineering technology education through ABET accreditation; the ME/MET department head and faculty communities; efforts toward increasing undergraduate simulation-design-build-innovation; greater exposure to industry standards/practice; more robust industry/university relations; and fostering more inclusive collaboration environments as framed by the ASME Engineering Education Vison2030 Advocacy Strategy. With 15 years of experience in engineering education, she holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering, a M.P.A. in Higher Education/Education Policy, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Engineering Education.
Klod Kokini is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. He is responsible for faculty recruiting, hiring, retention, development, climate, success, and recognition--as well as faculty and staff diversity and inclusion education. He holds B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E. and Ph.D. degrees. A Fellow of the ASME and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, he is also a member of the ASME Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Committee.
Robbie Marks, of Marks Information, specializes in gathering, evaluating, organizing, managing and sharing information. She holds a Master’s degree in Library Science and certification in Information Management.
Gretal Leibnitz serves as TECAID Co-PI and Project Director through the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Leibnitz has been involved in social justice, broadening participation, institutional and organizational change efforts for the past 20+ years. She has worked in numerous organizational contexts ranging from non-profit to private liberal arts and large public research-intensive academic institutions. Recently, Leibnitz helped initiate and lead a 5 year ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project, a NSF GSE Engineering faculty professional development project, and an NSF i-Corps-L project. Leibnitz holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology.
Glen Kauffman provides administrative support for TECAID. She has over 15 years experience as a Program Coordinator for international students in a university setting, with degrees in Education and Biology.
The biggest gain was perspective. Seemingly small victories can effect more change than we realize and all accomplishments should be appreciated. What appears to be a barrier might not be as insurmountable as it first appears and might even end up being a resource before all is said and done. Conflict doesn’t have to be a negative; on the contrary, it can help stimulate discussion and bring in viewpoints that hadn’t yet been considered.”
- TECAID Participant