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Dean Lance CollinsIn the fall 2014, Ephrahim Garcia, a gifted researcher with a sharp intellect, a quick wit, and infectious curiosity, was taken from us suddenly—too soon—at the age of 51. Ephrahim embodied all that we value at Cornell.

In his memory, we create a society dedicated to the goal he held dearest in his heart, namely becoming the first Ivy League Engineering College with faculty demographics that reflect the broader society.

Ephrahim lived what he preached. The son of immigrant parents who fled Cuba during the communist revolution of the late 1950s, he experienced firsthand the discrimination a "little Cuban kid" sometimes experienced in New York City and later in Long Island as he was growing up. Undeterred, he entered college, then graduate school, and ultimately joined the Cornell faculty in 2002 and quickly became a central figure in his department and the college. Ephrahim worked with countless project teams on vexing design problems, advising students at all levels (both formally and informally), making sure there was plenty of room in his lab for undergraduate researchers. He also made the time to mentor faculty of all races, creeds, colors and genders, as he felt it a responsibility of his to share the wisdom he had earned through his own successes and occasional failures.

Ephrahim Garcia understood that there is real strength in diversity. He advocated passionately for the idea that the faculty at Cornell Engineering should be as diverse as the nation's population at-large. He understood that diverse groups produce a wider range of options that ultimately yield better solutions. And so he pushed his beloved university, hard.

It is in honor of Ephrahim Garcia's dedication to faculty diversity that we establish this Engineering Society in his name.

Lance R. Collins

Joseph Silbert Dean, Cornell Engineering

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ephrahim Garcia Engineering Society is to facilitate a welcoming and supportive environment for the under-represented faculty of Cornell University's College of Engineering. With the understanding that a diverse faculty enriches the learning and research environment, we would like to be of service in the recruitment and retention of a more diverse engineering community. Pursuant to these goals, the society's members provide advice to the dean on issues/concerns of diversity such as recruiting, mentoring and tenure and promotion of under-represented faculty.


Our Faculty

 Christopher Alabi Christopher Alabi
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 Richard Allmendinger Rick Allmendinger
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
 Lyndon Archer Lynden Archer
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 Ludmilla Aristilde Ludmilla Aristilde
Biological and Environmental Engineering
 Lance Collins Lance R. Collins
Dean, College of Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
 Fernando A Escobedo Fernando Escobedo
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 Kifle Gebremedhin Kifle Gebremedhin
Biological and Environmental Engineering
 Christopher Hernandez Christopher Hernandez
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
 Mark E. Lewis Mark Lewis
Operations Research and Information Engineering
 Chekesha M. Liddell Watson Chekesha M. Liddell Watson
Materials Science and Engineering
 Jose Martinez José Martínez
Electrical and Computer Engineering
 Jamol Pender Jamol J. Pender
Operations Research and Information Engineering
 Richard Robinson Richard Robinson
Materials Science and Engineering
 Michael Spencer Michael Spencer
Electrical and Computer Engineering
 Larry Walker Larry Walker
Biological and Environmental Engineering
 M. Todd Walter M. Todd Walter
Biological and Environmental Engineering
 Zellman Warhaft Zellman Warhaft
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
 Hakim Weatherspoon Hakim Weatherspoon
Computer Science
 Alan T. Zehnder Alan T. Zehnder
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ricardo Daziano  Ricardo Daziano 
Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Matthew Reid Matthew Reid
Civil and Environmental Engineering