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"One message that I would like to get to young people out there is that it's important to advocate for yourself. It's important to believe in your own abilities and your own strengths and to find your place in the world. Engineering and STEM may not always feel welcoming, but we believe that all neurodiverse people have not just a place in engineering and STEM, but that they are critical for the future of it.  So, we'd really like for young people to see themselves as future creators and join our ranks."

- Dr. Maria Chrysochoou, Professor and Department Head
  (watch the full interview here)

Our Vision

We envision a radically inclusive Civil and Environmental Engineering Department that:

  • uses a strength-based approach to personalize the learning experience and improve learning outcomes for all students
  • creates community within the university to foster inclusive academic practices
  • supports our students' diverse learning and thinking styles
  • cultivates the potential of neurodiverse students to contribute to engineering breakthroughs
  • contributes to the development of a more diverse engineering workforce

Acknowledgements: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under IUSE/PFE:RED Grant No. 1920761. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.