Well-Being, Diversity and Inclusion

At MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and diverse community. We appreciate and welcome a community that comes from various backgrounds and holds diverse opinions. Please see below for a statement from our faculty members on well-being, diversity and inclusion.

MIT CEE Faculty Statement on Well-Being, Diversity and Inclusion

  • CEE is a community of people united in our pursuit of intellectual, creative, and technical excellence, to make a better world. We care about the mental and physical health of our students, faculty and staff of any age and background as a human priority before the nature or progress of their work
  • We value diversity in and inclusion of our students, post-docs, faculty and staff and appreciate their backgrounds and opinions. We believe that diversity in its many dimensions is critical for our Department to achieve its mission in education, research, and to best serve the nation and the world
  • We pledge to better approach the goals stated in MIT’s 2004 pledge to increase diversity, as well as the recommendations of the 2010 report on Faculty and Diversity
  • We remain committed to MIT’s goals of increasing the percentage of faculty, postdocs and students from under-represented groups, and seek to accomplish progress in diversification of our Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering field more broadly

For more on well-being, diversity, and inclusion at MIT see the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO).

CEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusions Research Talk and Lunch Series

CEE introduces monthly seminar series to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. Speakers from diverse backgrounds who are highly successful in their careers will share their journey to achieve success and their research. The goal of this initiative is to start a dialogue around the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion, address the relative lack of representation of certain groups and present examples of those who were able to overcome unique challenges. Speakers will present a two-part seminar: one part of the seminar will be an overview of their research and the other will focus on how they navigated through various challenges associated with diversity, equity and inclusion in their careers.

The next CEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seminar is scheduled for June 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm via Zoom. The zoom meeting ID is 959-5356-7043 and the Password is 926379. Please RSVP via the Doodle Poll by June 10. Our next seminar speaker, Dr. Jimi B. Oke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he directs the Networks for Accessibility, Sustainability and Resilience Laboratory. From 2016 to 2019, he was a CEE Postdoctoral Associate at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab working on the MIT Energy Initiative’s Future Mobility Study. Dr. Oke received his MSE and PhD in Civil Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied from 2012 to 2016. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Oke taught mathematics at The Pennington School after graduating from Williams College with majors in Physics and Music in 2010. His current research interests lie in advancing big data, machine learning and network science for energy-efficient, smart and resilient communities. His abstract is attached to provide a preview of the discussions. He will provide tips and tools for landing a faculty position after a successful postdoc in CEE and will share updates on his research, including some related to COVID-19.