The Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Student Advisory Board (MEMS SAB) was created in 2020 to amplify the voices of all underrepresented students in MEMS. The board consists of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty all working together in order to create a more unified and proactive MEMS department.


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2023-2024 Initiatives

  • Implement a trusted and dedicated support network that addresses social issues and the well-being of underrepresented students in MEMS
  • Implement workshops and awareness programs for students and professors to better understand issues that directly impact the MEMS students
  • Implement an integrated curriculum that teaches about ethics and the intersection of engineering and social justice
  • Implement programs and collaborations to increase the percentage of underrepresented students and faculty


  • Building a MEMS community that understands the importance of cultural competence and social responsibility
  • Understanding intersectionality within engineering
  • Creates a perpetual system of inclusion and equity
  • Fosters an environment for diverse thinking and innovation


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Supports research opportunities for underrepresented and minority groups

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Address areas in need for improvement to develop inclusivity between the students and faculty

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Hosts programs such as student-faculty mixers to develop a community in the department

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Gauge the student and faculty climate regarding the goals of the SAB

Current Members


  • Dr. Brian Gleeson (Department Chair)
  • Dr. Nikhil Bajaj
  • Dr. Zachary Harris
  • Dr. John Whitefoot

Graduate Students

  • Arushi Pradhan (Co-Chair)
  • Praveen Vulimiri
  • Lauren Wewer

Undergraduate Students

  • Lily Armstrong
  • Lauren Beck
  • Camryn Cooper (Co-Chair)
  • Joseph Kearney
  • Akriti Mishra
  • Kimberly Newhall
  • Hannah O'Connell
  • Steven Panico
  • Annabella Peretti

Email Dropbox

To provide a straight forward process for students to voice input and concerns, the MEMS Department has established the following email address: MEMS_confidential@pitt.edu. Messages will be received and acted upon in confidence by the Department Chair.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to join the MEMS SAB, please email MEMS_Student_Advisory_Board@groups.pitt.edu.