Tonya Peeples, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at the Univ. of Iowa, has been appointed as the College of Engineering’s first associate dean for diversity and outreach. In this role, she is tasked with ensuring that populations underrepresented in engineering fields are aware of career possibilities offered through an engineering education. Peeples is a researcher at the Univ. of Iowa’s Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing and the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysts, and has mentored more than 50 undergraduate students working in her research lab. She earned a BS at North Carolina State Univ. and a PhD at Johns Hopkins Univ., both in chemical engineering.