Together @ TMI | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Together @ TMI

Diversity and Inclusion

Together @ TMI reflects the commitment of the department of Technology Management and Innovation to diversity and inclusion. It emerged from the collaborative work of a committee of students, staff and faculty who came together in Fall 2021 to brainstorm and develop a strategic vision as well as concrete actions to nurture TMI commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community.

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Department Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the TMI department is to develop principled global leaders who will aim to create sustainable and meaningful innovations and make a positive impact on the world. We acknowledge that this can only be accomplished by cultivating a community rich in diversity of thought, identity, and experience.

Our scholarship, teaching, mentoring and engagement will be informed by our support of societal pluralism, and we hold ourselves accountable for treating all individuals with respect, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. 

Diversity is essential to teams and organizations, and the concept encompasses diversity of identity, thought, experience, and perspective. It is at the core of our community, which we consider a space where everyone — students, staff members, and faculty — feels a sense of belonging and inclusion and knows they have a valuable contribution to make.  

Our classrooms will be a safe space for exchange and dialogue across cultural, socio-economical, disciplinary, and individual boundaries, and the same will apply beyond the classroom, in extracurricular activities, clubs, or informal conversations.   

As a department at the intersection of technology, management, and innovation within an engineering school, we have a unique opportunity to make a broad impact on the development of ethical technology, as well as on social and economic equity.  By encouraging research and teaching that focuses on ethical technology and socially and economically sustainable management, we can cultivate business practices and tools that promote social, economic, and environmental justice.

We recognize that this statement is aspirational and that we are a work in progress, both as individuals and as a department.


Open Call

Share Your Story of Inclusion and Community @ NYU TMI

TMI fosters a community of diverse identities, thoughts, experiences, and perspectives. Please join us as we reflect on and celebrate the impact that this has on us individually and as a broader collective.

Use the form below to share a thought, story, or feeling that expresses your TMI experience of diversity and inclusion. Feel free to do so in using any medium that feels natural to you: voice recording, song, video, pictures, drawing/illustration, etc. We will feature this content on our website and social media. The deadline for submissions will be Thursday, April 15.

Share your story



Food Trip Around The World with Together @ TMI

Together @ TMI brings you a chance to take a food trip around the world and showcase food from your hometown! Cook up a dish from your hometown and send us a picture of it. Tell us more about the dish and why it reminds you of home and we will showcase it on Social platforms of TMI.

The rules are as follows –
1. Cook a dish from your hometown.
2. The photos will be posted on NYU TMI Instagram handle and Facebook.
3. All entries must be original.
4. Any entry not adhering to the above set of rules will be disqualified.

Submit your dish HERE


If you have suggestions for how to improve diversity, inclusion, or the sense of community at TMI please share your thoughts.

Committee Members

Faculty and Staff

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Aric C. Meyer

Director, Academic Operations & Administration; Adjunct Faculty


Ayanna Seals


Ayanna Seals is a Ph.D. candidate who is passionate about creating technology solutions within the fields of health, wellness, and civic technology.



Ajinkya Shinde


Ajinkya Shinde is the President of NYU IISE Student Chapter and Vice-President of Programming in the Graduate Student council. He is a second-year Industrial Engineering graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Born and raised in India, he has completed internship in Mercedes Benz India and also has worked as a Production Planning Specialist in his families manufacturing business. Ajinkya is passionate about design, manufacturing, and project management field. He also has an interest in supply chain and logistics industry. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and has recently developed a hobby of cooking after moving to New York.


Angela Peng


Angela (Jie) Peng is a second-year graduate student in the Management of Technology program. Her passion is to bridge the gap between technology and the people who use them - to design business solutions that understand the people they serve. A firm believer in the nurturing power of human connection, Angela is always looking for ways to strengthen the community, wherever she finds herself. She enjoys a wide variety of music, a wide variety of herbal tea. Living in the culinary heaven that is New York City, Angela is often on the hunt for the next great food adventure.


Elisabeth Aka


Graduate Student at NYU Tandon (Industrial Engineering). She is passionate about Project Management, Technology, and Manufacturin





Azel Conway

Azel Conway is the Cultural Awareness Head of NSBE's NYU Chapter.
He is a senior in Business Technology Management at Tandon with a passion for IT and Audio Engineering, planning to produce his own big projects ranging from Radio & TV to Animation and Fantasy. He currently runs two podcasts, one on WNYU called No Puzzle, No Pieces and another on independently known as The Wave. He loves laughing, eating and playing bass as well as a good challenge every now and again.

Arnab Gogoi

Arnab Gogoi is a graduate student in the Management of Technology program, with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a Product Manager looking to take his product capabilities to the next level with his degree at the TMI department by learning to question solutions we use today, and envisioning the next best product to develop. In his free time he likes to sing covers and listen to music, and also spends time with his friends streaming the games he plays. If his Product Management career doesn’t pan out, he hopes his content creation career will!