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Deans Diversity Equity Inclusion Curriculum Challenge

Inclusive Design in Engineering

This year we’re excited to announce the continuation of the Dean’s Curriculum Challenge! 

Faculty are encouraged to continue to submit to the Racial Justice in Engineering theme, but may also submit to a new challenge theme - Inclusive Design in Engineering. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis (submit here), with a small group of students and faculty meeting each Friday afternoon (starting 9/17) to review lessons and provide feedback. In addition to new lesson plans, modifications/improvements of previous submissions (by the same faculty member or by a new faculty instructor for the class) are welcome. 


  • We ask every faculty member in the College of Engineering to submit at least one lesson plan for at least one class they are teaching this semester that incorporates these ideas. 
  • Submit lesson plans by 5PM Thursday each week as the semester proceeds. The lesson plans will be evaluated by a panel of students. We will update each week how each department is doing.

Graduate Students

  • We welcome submissions from you for classes you are teaching!


  • Help evaluate lesson plans submitted by faculty and select ones to be highlighted. If you are interested, contact Dr. Paula Rees


2021/22 Highlights & Updates

Updated through November 11, 2021

So far this year we've had five submissions!

  • Lars Howell, CHE graduate student, submitted a lesson plan on Racial Justice for their Engin 191 class entitled "What do engineers study? Health disparities in engineering research."
  • Nick Tooker submitted a lesson plan for Engin 111 on Inclusive Design entitled "Where do we go from here? (incorporating inclusive design into CEE structures)"
  • Nick also submitted a lesson plan for CE-Engin 469 / 597@WS (Water Supply and Wastewater Collection) on Racial Justice titled "Okay, But Who Should Pay for It? Fixing the Sewer Infrastructure in Mount Vernon, NY"
  • Meghan Huber submitted an Inclusive Design in Engineering lesson plan for MIE 310: Dynamics focused on door handle design
  • Wayne Burleson submitted a Racial Justice in Engineering lesson plan for ECE 371: Security Engineering entitled "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Machine Learning Security"

This fall the College is organizing a series of ideation and working sessions for faculty to support each other on curriculum challenge ideas.  The goal is for these to be supportive, collaborative “ideation and working” sessions. The format will be roughly:

  • 15 - 20 minutes - one or two faculty that have submitted lesson plans will share what they did and answer questions
  • 40 -45 minutes - attendees will split into small working groups to work with colleagues flushing out nascent ideas or getting feedback on a more developed plan

We’re requesting an RSVP so that we can provide lunch.   Additional sessions for October will be announced soon.

RESCHEDULED!! Now September 29th! 11 am - Noon, Gunness Student Center

Lunch Provided (please RSVP

Presenting: Yubing Sun (MIE), “Exploring Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering through the FIU-Sweetwater Bridge Collapse Case”

  • Class impacted: MIE 210 Statistics
  • Intervention brief: Readings, discussion, design element and essay


September 21st, 1 - 2 pm, Gunness Student Center

Lunch Provided (please RSVP

Presenter 1: Chaitra Gopalappa (MIE), “Formulate a mathematical model to simulate HIV epidemic projections for analysis of HIV intervention strategies"

  • Class impacted: MIE 290H Infections and Social Determinants: Simulation Modeling for Disease Prevention
  • Intervention brief: Literature search, formulation of flow diagrams, discussion of elements that contributed to the development of the flow diagram, including how research readings and individual student perspectives were included

Presenter 2: Anuj Pradhan (MIE), “Considering accessibility, inclusiveness, and diversity in the design and deployment of Automated Vehicles for equitable safety and mobility benefits"

  • Class impacted: MIE597AV Vehicle Automation Systems
  • Intervention brief: Lecture, reading assignment, and discussion followed by group discussions to translate and apply what they’ve learned to their individual final projects early in the design phase