Tamara Reid Bush becomes the College of Engineering's first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

In this role, Dr. Reid Bush will serve on the senior management team and provide leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across all areas of the college. This includes policies, practices and programmatic initiatives designed to support and recruit faculty, staff, and students, in addition to close collaboration with our faculty excellence advocate, supervision for the assistant dean of student inclusion and diversity, and leadership and oversight for Women in Engineering, the Diversity Programs Office, and Future Spartan Engineers. As our liaison to the broader university, she will represent the college on issues and advancements involving diversity, inclusion, and professional and leadership development.

She previously served as interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and faculty excellence advocate, a role she helped to establish at MSU. Among her many accomplishments are contributions in the fields of engineering mechanics, materials science, modeling, medicine and increasing diversity in STEM, a leadership role at the World Congress of Biomechanics for Rehabilitation, Injury and Sports Biomechanics, and rankings as Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Her current research involves device development for persons with disabilities and collaboration with an automotive company to produce autonomous vehicles accessible to persons who have a reduction in mobility. She is the recipient of MSU’s Inspirational Woman Award for Professional Achievement which is awarded to those who develop and support an inclusive environment. She also is a two-time recipient of the Withrow Teaching Award, served as treasurer on the Executive Board of the American Society of Biomechanics and Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.