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Diversity Affairs Office
College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1410 Engineering Drive, Suite 101
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: (608) 890-1403
Fax: (608) 890-2133

Office Hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

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About the DAO

The Diversity Affairs Office (DAO) is responsible for ongoing programs to recruit and retain academically-talented students from underrepresented groups to the College of Engineering (CoE), as part of local and national efforts to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Underrepresented groups include women of all races/ethnicities, African American, Latino/a, Native American and Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian) students, as well as first generation, low-income and students who have been educationally disadvantaged.


Meet the Staff


Mary Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Director of Diversity Research and Initiatives
Interim Assistant Director of Pre-College and Outreach

(608) 890-3349


Mary Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. is an educational psychology researcher and former engineer. She directs the student programs and initiatives offered by the Diversity Affairs Office, evaluates program outcomes for diversity initiatives and conducts original research in the area of underrepresented individuals and organizational climate in engineering education and the workplace.

Dr. Fitzpatrick holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and was a practicing engineer for GE Healthcare, Microsoft and other leading companies before earning her Ph.D. in educational psychology. In her spare time, Dr. Fitzpatrick enjoys reading, skiing, biking, hiking and paddle boarding with friends and family.



Brian Núñez

Assistant Director for Undergraduate Student Retention

(608) 263-5367


Brian Núñez holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in Higher Education Systems from Lewis University. His desire is to play a part in helping students grow personally, attain their educational goals and connect students to the many opportunities at UW-Madison.

As the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Retention, Brian looks forwards to working directly with the LEED (Leadership in Engineering Excellence and Engineering Diversity) Scholars Program. Beyond his passion for college student success and advocacy, Brian enjoys paddling, playing percussion and attending sporting events in Madison.



Megan Thilmony


Megan Thilmony

Communications Specialist


Megan Thilmony is a recent UW graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science. As an undergraduate, she was particularly concerned with the Human-Environment interaction and how that related to sustainability efforts, culminating in an urban prairie restoration Capstone project for the City of Fitchburg. Concurrent to studying, she worked with UW's WE CONSERVE program, administering their volunteering, educational outreach, and communications initiatives.

In her position as Communications Specialist, she hopes to leverage her previous experience to raise further awareness of and engagement with the amazing work the DAO does. As a passionate advocate for broadened STEM participation, she's thrilled to be able to provide support the DAO and its mission. In her spare time she enjoys cooking elaborate meals, yoga, seeing live music, and volunteering.



Rosaleena Mohanty

Program and Evaluation Assistant



Rosaleena Mohanty is delighted to work with the DAO as a Program and Evaluator Assistant this Fall. She is a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and has a goal to become a good researcher.

Being in engineering herself, Rosaleena is excited to use this opportunity to encourage and support students considering engineering as a career option. She looks forward to contributing and being a part of the success of the DAO.





Annie Yang
Web Developer


Annie Yang is the DAO Web Developer and is in her fourth year undergraduate in the Biomedical Engineering Department. She has been a part of the DAO through the LEED Scholars Program since she was a freshman.

Annie hopes to use her engineering skills to provide affordable medical device to communities with low access to medical services. Through web design, she is excited to give back to the DAO community and serve her fellow peers. In her spare time, Annie enjoys reading, drawing, playing frisbee, and being a part of Asian American Intervarsity (AAIV).