Mary Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., LP
Director of Diversity Research and Initiatives | (608) 890-3349

Mary Fitzpatrick is a licensed psychologist, an educational researcher and former engineer. She directs the Diversity Affairs Office, evaluates outcomes for diversity initiatives across the College, 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 doctorate in psychology. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, skiing, biking, hiking and paddle boarding with friends and family.




Jeff Scholl
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Retention | (608) 263-5367

Jeff joins us from the University of Chicago where he has been serving as the Assistant Director of Odyssey & Special Programs in the Office of Career Advancement. In this role, Jeff has overseen career advising services for over 300 first-year recipients of the Odyssey Scholarship, a need-based scholarship awarded to lower-income and first-generation students. He’s been a dedicated adviser to his own cohort of Odyssey and University of Chicago students throughout each school year. Jeff holds an M.S. in Higher Education Administration & Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Public Policy from Duke University. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, kayaking, playing basketball, watching sports of all kinds, reading, and visiting as many coffee shops as possible.




Sara Rothe
Engineering Summer Program Manager | (608) 265-9042

Sara has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While an undergraduate, Sara was the Community Service Director and Student Advisor for her chapter the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). After graduation, Sara worked in the U of I College of Engineering Morrill Engineering Program and Women in Engineering Program. She also served as the Program Assistant to Engineering Pathways, a program supporting the transition to engineering for pre-college students. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games like Kingdom Hearts and League of Legends, baking, cooking, hiking, and playing with dogs.





Kelsey Gockenbach
Communications Specialist | (608) 890-1403

Kelsey Gockenbach is a dedicated advocate for inclusiveness, diversity and access in higher education. After graduating from the University of Washington with her BA in English, she cut her teeth as a client manager for a small government affairs firm here in Madison. Kelsey then headed out to the mountains of Montana to work for the Center for Restorative Youth Justice, a nonprofit that uses restorative practices to interrupt the cycles of harm for at-risk youth. It was through her work in Montana that she discovered her passion for working with young adults. Kelsey is a life-long learner and has certificates in marketing, web design, HTML and CSS. Outside of the office, she enjoys canoeing, writing poetry, x-country skiing, making curries and exploring the Driftless Area.




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