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.


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 mission is to support retention of women and underrepresented students in engineering by encouraging educational achievement, personal growth and connection to the many opportunities and resources at UW-Madison.

Mr. Núñez is the scholarship officer and administrator for the LEED (Leadership in Engineering Excellence and Engineering Diversity) Scholars Program for undergraduate students. In addition to his passion for college student success and advocacy, Brian enjoys paddling, playing percussion and attending sporting events in Madison.



Megan Thilmony
Communications Specialist | (608) 890-1403

Megan Thilmony is a recent UW graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science. As the Communications Specialist for the DAO,  Megan is responsible for print and electronic communications to raise awareness of and engagement with diversity programs for pre-college and undergraduate students in engineering. She enjoys cooking elaborate meals, listening to podcasts, seeing live music, and playing table-top games.






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