Mary Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., L.P
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.


Alexis Steinbach
Interim Assistant Director for Undergraduate Retention | (608) 263-5367

Alexis Steinbach holds a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Affairs from UW-Madison.  She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison.  During her undergraduate career, Alexis competed on the UW Women’s Volleyball and Track and Field teams. Upon graduating, she worked in the Office of New Student Programs as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her mission is to support a diverse population of students in engineering by encouraging self-exploration, academic success and connection to the many opportunities and resources at UW-Madison.

Alexis is the scholarship officer and administrator for the LEED (Leadership in Engineering Excellence and Engineering Diversity) Scholars Program for undergraduate students. In addition to her passion for college student success and advocacy, Alexis enjoys coaching volleyball, cheering on the Badgers, and spending time with friends.


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.






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