Diversity and Inclusion: Starting and Thriving in the Workplace

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm CDT

Session Co-Chairs:

  • Adrienne Minerick, Michigan Technological University
  • MaryKathryn Lee, ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research
  • Dwayne Mays, Evonik

In 2016, the Education Division and the Minority Affairs Committee collaborated on a Diversity & Inclusion session involving academic leaders.  This year, we are engaging industry in the conversation to share their perspectives. Presentations may include statistics, successes or failures in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, or other similar topics such as:

  • Employee affinity groups
  • High school or college internship programs
  • Scholarship programs
  • Community involvement in underrepresented neighborhoods
  • Partnerships with universities or high schools
  • Diversity officer experiences

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Murphy-OrtegaManager, University Partnerships and Association Relations, Chevron
  • Mike McAteeSenior Vice President Strategic Projects, BASF
  • Yuk Louie, Process Development Division, ExxonMobil
  • Jim SweeneySchool Head Professor, James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University

Schedule of Events

Time Item
11:00am - 11:10am Introductory Remarks
11:10am - 11:25am   Re-situating the Professional Formation of Engineers at Oregon State University
11:25am - 11:40am Perspective from Chevron
11:40am - 11:55am Perspective from BASF
11:55am - 12:10pm ExxonMobil’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts – Creating a Premier Global Workforce that Works to Help Power the World’s Progress
12:10pm - 12:55pm  Panel Discussion
12:55pm - 1:00pm Concluding Remarks

 

Re-situating the Professional Formation of Engineers at Oregon State University

Jim SweeneySchool Head Professor, James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University

While industry has long called for changes to how engineers and computer scientists are prepared, much of the core coursework and undergraduate student experience can remain virtually the same as it was 50 years ago. To address this continued mismatch between industry and education, the National Science Foundation in the last three years has called for proposals that aim to Revolutionize Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED), serving as leaders in institutional change.  We will give an overview of the goals and efforts of funded RED projects to date, especially those in support of Chemical Engineering programs, and then describe in more detail early results and ongoing work in a RED project in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at Oregon State University. We seek to re-situate the faculty/staff/student community and curricular/co-curricular student learning experience. Our work is centered on the creation of a holistic, inclusive, and professionally-based learning environment for our students. We are working to promote change through establishing a culture of inclusion and shifting student learning environments from highly sequestered activities to more realistic and consequential work that more closely resembles the actual engineering workplace. These efforts require an important and concurrent shift in unit culture (e.g. values, norms, policies and procedures).

ExxonMobil’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts – Creating a Premier Global Workforce that Works to Help Power the World’s Progress

Yuk Louie, Process Development Division, ExxonMobil

At ExxonMobil, the diversity and inclusion of thought, skill, knowledge and culture make ExxonMobil more competitive, more resilient and better able to navigate the complex and constantly changing global energy business. Our diversity and inclusion efforts are comprehensive. They range from attracting and developing a premier global workforce within a work environment that values unique perspectives, encourages individual growth and treats all employees with respect, to educational partnerships and community development initiatives designed to improve the quality of life where we live and work.

This presentation is a view of ExxonMobil’s technology focus areas and the Diversity and Inclusion efforts being used to create a global workforce ready to address them. 

Yuk Louie

Yuk joined the Company in Paulsboro, NJ in 1980, and progressed through a series of Research and Engineering positions providing technical and startup support for refinery units.  In the 1990’s Yuk held various managerial assignments at the Paulsboro Technical Center including Pilot Plant Operations Manager, Hydrotreating Group Head and Budget Advisor.

In 2000, Yuk moved to EMRE, Fairfax as the Dynamic Simulations Section Head. In 2001, Yuk was named Implementations Manager, POIS-2 Project, to manage the implementation of a new Plant Operation Information System in ExxonMobil...Read more

Michael McAtee

Mike McAtee, a native of Colorado, earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mike is responsible for Engineering and Maintenance for BASF Corporation in North America. Mike’s organization is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of capital and maintenance activities in the region.Read more

Cynthia Murphy-Ortega

Cynthia Murphy-Ortega is currently a Manager with University Partnerships and Association Relations of Chevron Corporation. Her organization manages Chevron’s relationships with universities and professional societies and institutes throughout the world. Cynthia joined Chevron in 1991 as an engineer with the Richmond Refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. She held various engineering, maintenance, operations, financial, business planning and process safety management positions within the refinery. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.Read more

Jim Sweeney

Jim Sweeney is a Full Professor in and Head of the School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at Oregon State University (OSU).  He is also the Kuse Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering.  He is the PI on a $2M 5-year NSF RED (“Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments”) grant entitled “Shifting Departmental Culture to Re-Situate Learning and Instruction”.  The goal of this work is to promote revolutionary change in the CBEE School through construction of a culture of inclusion and a shift in...Read more

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