Engineering IDBE

The Engineering Division at NYU Abu Dhabi is committed to the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE): inclusion, where all thoughts are heard and welcomed; diversity, where communities and activities are represented with a spectrum of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences; belonging, where community members strive to create an environment of warmth and positive experiences and are comfortable being themselves; and equity, where opportunities are provided for individuals to grow and broaden their horizons while accounting for past experiences.

A genuine source of creativity and innovation at our division comes from the diversity of its members’ demographics and educational backgrounds. Our students, researchers, administrators, instructors, and faculty come from all around the world. These best minds come together to advance technologies, support the global economy, and contribute to building a better future. We view our diversity as an invaluable asset, from which we leverage values of diversity to nurture mutual respect and promote collaborative innovation. Within engineering, we embrace the diversity of thought and foresee it as an absolute necessity for educating the next generation of engineers and global leaders.

Engineering IDBE Inaugural Committee

Chair: Mohammad A. Qasaimeh, Associate Professor


  • Tuka Waddah Alhanai, Assistant Professor
  • Pauline Conaghan, Assistant Dean, Engineering Administration and Planning
  • Pantelis Demetriou, Instructor
  • Margaret Julias, Lecturer of Engineering
  • Mostafa Mobasher, Assistant Professor
  • Prim Phowarasoontorn, Undergraduate Student
  • Vijayavenkataraman Sanjairaj, Assistant Professor
  • Samuel O. Sofela, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Saideep Sreekumar, Undergraduate Student
  • Pavithra Sukumar, Research Assistant
  • Ronak Yadav, Administrative Coordinator (Logistics)
  • Jiarui Zhou, PhD Student

Our goal is to be an inclusive and welcoming community that values diversity and strives for equity. Our belief is that without diversity we cannot achieve excellence and innovation. As an academic division, our overarching goal is to integrate IDBE values into the daily life of engineers, in terms of education, practice, and professional activities. Consequently, we set the following targets to achieve our vision:


  • Increasing awareness of IDBE values in engineering.
  • Contribute to diversifying pools of recruitment of academic faculty and staff.
  • Empower individuals with values of equity and equality.
  • Cultivate a climate of inclusion and belonging, and create a welcoming and supportive community for our engineering community.


  • Contribute to the continuous efforts of NYU Abu Dhabi in building and strengthening a university-wide culture of IDBE.
  • Celebrate and build on the IDBE efforts already in place within our division, with a focus on reaching every single individual in the division, including but not limited to students, professors, staff, and researchers.
  •  Raise awareness in the division about recognizing, accepting, and respecting diversity in the workplace. Diversity in engineering includes people’s geography, backgrounds, educational expertise, philosophy, and ideas.
  •  Establish IDBE strategic activities in order to support the mission and vision of the division and the University.
  •  Promote and lead the efforts of IDBE in Engineering at the institutional, regional, and global levels.
  •  Develop enabling opportunities for underrepresented minority students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

Engineering IDBE Seminar Series

The Engineering Division at NYU Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion and Equity, is devoted to educating future engineers and aims to educate the community on how IDBE and Engineering are tied in our daily life, in terms of education and practices. Therefore, we established the Engineering IDBE Seminar Series at the core of our mission. The virtual monthly seminars will be attended by students, researchers, staff, and faculty from Engineering as well as from the diverse family of NYU Abu Dhabi. The following tentative schedule show the list of invited speakers:

The Engineering WeBelong Initiative

The initiative of “Engineering WeBelong” at the NYUAD’s Engineering Division aims to bring the community of each engineering program together every semester. Each program’s community, including undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, staff, instructors, and faculty, will be invited for a social gathering and agenda-free meeting that lasts 1-2 hours. The ultimate goal of this focused activity is to create a strong sense of belonging within each program’s community, by getting to know each other and participating in fun activities.

  • Monday, November 8 2021 from 5.15pm for the Civil Engineering program.
  • Tuesday, November 9 2021 from 5pm for the Computer and Electrical Engineering programs.
  • Wednesday, November 10 2021 from 5.15pm for the Bioengineering, General and Mechanical Engineering programs.