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.




Derek Johnson, Ed.D.
Assistant Director of Engineering Outreach | (608) 265-1194

Derek Johnson is a native of Madison, and graduated from Madison East High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from UW-Whitewater, where he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Dr. Johnson served in a variety of leadership roles in higher education as well as nonprofit organizations. Dr. Johnson is both personally and professionally committed to helping all students achieve their educational goals. In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and writing spoken word poetry.





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

As a Communications Specialist, Kelsey handles all written and visual communications in the DAO, as well as supporting the LEED Scholars Program from applications to graduation. She works to support the Engineering Summer Program as well as several student organizations such as SWE, NSBE and SHPE.

After graduating from the University of Washington with her BA in English, she worked in a government relations firm here in Madison, before heading out to Montana to work for the Center for Restorative Youth Justice. It was through her work in Montana that she discovered her passion for empowering young adults, and became a dedicated advocate for inclusiveness, diversity and access in higher education. Outside of the office, she enjoys canoeing, writing poetry, x-country skiing, making curries and exploring the Driftless Area.




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