A Message From the Dean

Jul 09 2020

Dear Columbia Engineering Community,

As a School of Engineering and Applied Science embedded in New York City, with a vast global reach, we seek to foster an atmosphere of equity and inclusion that reflects the diversity of our home and prepares students for success and leadership in the 21st century.

In recent years, the importance of affirming our commitment to an open and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, researchers, and administrative staff has become ever more urgent. From addressing racial disparities in education and research, to confronting systemic anti-Black racism, to supporting the advancement of women and marginalized groups, to celebrating and expanding the ethnic diversity of our community, we are united in our obligation to build a more welcoming community of engineers and applied scientists.

We are fortunate to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, from across the country, and from around the world. It is a great benefit to be able to gather engineers and scientists of so many different perspectives and talents—all with a commitment to learning, a focus on pushing the frontiers of knowledge and discovery, and a passion for innovation and translating our work to impact humanity. We also recognize the challenges and disparities in attracting, nurturing, and supporting diversity in STEM fields at all stages of the talent pipeline, from K-12 on through faculty and leadership roles in academia, industry, and government. At Columbia, we are positioned to lead in confronting this challenge. Our current programs and initiatives provide a springboard to accelerate our efforts to bring measurable impact, not only here at Columbia but across our engineering and applied science profession.

I am proud to be part of our Columbia Engineering community. We are fortunate to have the privilege to learn from one another, and to study, work, and live together in such a dynamic and vibrant place as Columbia. Together we now reinforce our collective commitment to create and foster an open and collegial environment of equity and inclusion, and to recruit and advance the diversity of talent in our field, as we work to bring an engineering impact on humanity.


Mary C. Boyce

Dean of Engineering

Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor

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