Diversity in STEM Summit 2019

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At Tandon, we believe that academic excellence is inseparable from our commitment to creating a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness. Join us at our 5th annual Diversity in STEM Summit where we will explore the theme, “Engineering & Technology for a Healthier Tomorrow.”

What is the current status of healthcare technology and innovations locally and globally?

How are we expanding medical care access and addressing disparities to those with special needs and in marginalized communities?

We will dive into these questions and more as we explore the role of cultural sensitivity and ways to mitigate bias in the healthcare profession and hear from individuals at the forefront of increasing a diverse professional pipeline.

New York University and the Tandon School of Engineering provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least (1) week before the date of the accommodation need. Please email for assistance.

Please note, this event is open only for the Tandon student community. If you are a student from another NYU school and are interested in joining, please email us at 

Signature Events

Breakfast Panel

What is the connection to racial disparity and unconscious bias in STEM fields? In technology and healthcare specifically? Join Dr. Jean Gallagher, our moderator, in conversation with our panelists as we dive into these questions and a greater understanding of the role of unconscious biases within our panelists’ respective fields, as well as their hopes for the future of diversity within the STEM fields.

Participants who arrive on time will be entered to win a Mynted 3D Pen!

Luncheon Lightning Talks

Why is it important to make sure that our local and global diverse communities are at the forefront of healthcare technology innovations?

Over lunch, you’ll hear “Lightning Talk” presenters address these questions and share their personal journeys that brought them to their innovative work, changing the technology and healthcare landscapes.

Participants who arrive on time will be entered to win a pair of PowerBeats Pro!

Keynote Dinner

Join us at dinner to hear three visionary leaders and change agents, all MDs, leading the way in research and collaborating with corporations and policymakers to transform healthcare for all communities. Dr. Marilyn Fraser, CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and co-Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, will receive the Diversity in STEM Champion Achievement Award. Participants will have the opportunity to network with invited corporate and industry partners as well as alumni and entrepreneurs.

Participants who arrive on time will be entered to win a 5th Series Apple Watch!


Breakfast Panel Moderator

Jean Gallagher Headshot
Jean Gallagher is a Professor of English in the Department of Technology, Culture, and Society at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She also serves as Director of Faculty Development at Tandon, and co-chairs the Inclusion@Tandon committee.

Breakfast Panelists

Headshot of Loralee Baretto
Lora Lee Barreto is a career scientist with over 10 years in Research and Development. Most recently she has served as the director of the Biomedical Engineering Department in one of the nation’s largest hospitals located in New York City. Lora Lee is consistently recognized by her peers for impactful contributions to her team and attention to detail. Her passion for science extends outside of her career, as she works to be a STEM advocate, focusing on women and underrepresented peoples.
Headshot for Kuheli Dutt
Dr. Kuheli Dutt is the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Diversity at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia University, and serves as Lamont’s Diversity Officer. Dr. Dutt leads diversity and inclusion efforts at Lamont and her research interests lie in implicit bias, gender, and STEM diversity. A social scientist by training with a PhD in public policy, Dr. Dutt’s work has been covered in media venues such as: New York Times; NPR Science Friday; Scientific American; Nature; Science; Huffington Post; Inside Higher Ed;  Physics World;  Ars Technica; Smithsonian; El Español;  Time;  Fortune;  and others.
Headshot of Damon Tweedy
Dr. Damon Tweedy is author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015. He has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and other medical journals. His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and various other print publications. Dr. Damon Tweedy travels frequently to speak to physicians and clinicians, healthcare companies, medical schools and teaching hospitals, and other organizations involved in health and wellness, about the impact of race on the medical profession at all levels. Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and Yale Law School. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. You can visit his website and Facebook page for additional information.

Luncheon Lightning Talks

Headshot for Matt Campisi
Matthew Campisi is a med-tech innovator and a savvy techno-preneur with more than 20 years of experience in developing practical, scalable and affordable medical technologies that have helped save many lives. Matthew has led ‘all things technology’ at UE LifeSciences as the co-founder and CTO to bring NoTouch BreastScan, iBreastExam, and cervAIcal products to life. As an educator, Matthew is an Industry Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Lora Cavuoto headshot
Lora A. Cavuoto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Buffalo, where she serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Cavuoto directs the Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory and the SurgE Human Factors in Surgery Laboratories. Her research focuses on promoting healthier and more productive individual and work environments through the integration of human factors and ergonomics principles with models from statistics and data science.
Headshot of Catherine Hoffman
Catherine Hofmann is a social entrepreneur working to transform LGBTQ+ health and wellness. In addition to being the cofounder and CEO of QSPACES, Catherine is an independent designer and consultant working with small nonprofits to Fortune 50 companies to facilitate effective communication, reduce complexities, and build engaging leadership models. She is interested in the intersections of design, process, urbanism, and equity. Her work has been covered by NewNowNext,, Generocity, and more.
Headshot of Amy Hurst
Dr. Amy Hurst is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Department of Technology, Culture and Society in the Tandon School of Engineering. She is the director of the Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and technology.

Keynote Dinner

Headshot of Luther Clark
Dr. Luther T. Clark is Deputy Chief Patient Officer and Global Director, Scientific Medical and Patient Perspective (SMPP) in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer (OCPO) at Merck.  
Dr. Clark leads Merck’s Patient Insights Team, is co-leader of the team that champions Health Care Equities (including the promotion of health literacy and research diversity) and chairs the Patient Engagement, Health Literacy & Clinical Trials Diversity Investigator-Initiated Studies Research Committee.  Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Clark was Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (SUNY Downstate) and founding Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Research Center.

Dr. Clark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the American College of Physicians (FACP), and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association.  Dr. Clark has received numerous awards and honors, including the Harvard University Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Medicine.  He is the current President of the Health Science Center at Brooklyn Foundation (HSCB Foundation), SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Headshot of Machelle Allen
Dr. Machelle Allen received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her internship in internal medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital, she returned to New York City to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Jacobi Hospital. She completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and has worked within HHC for the past 32 years, both Harlem Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. While at Harlem and at Bellevue she set up special prenatal programs for chemically dependent women and women at risk for HIV infection which focused on decreasing preterm births, decreasing maternal transmission of the HIV virus and maintaining the mother-child dyad. She was the Associate Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital prior to becoming, in 2012, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Sr. Assistant Vice President, Division of Medical and Professional Affairs, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

As of 2016, Dr. Allen has served as the System Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President of NYC Health + Hospitals.

2019 STEM Champion Awardee

Headshot of Dr. Marilyn Fraser
Dr. Marilyn Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the co-Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. Previously, as Deputy Director and Associate Director for Research & Training, she managed the Institute’s community outreach and research programs.

Dr. Fraser, as co-leader of an investigative research team supported by several NIH and CDC grants, helped develop behavioral health intervention models and training curricula for AAIUH’s award-winning Black Pearls and Different Fades of Health programs. The Institute’s community outreach programs prepare hairstylists and barbers to educate their clients about various health topics, including breast, prostate and colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, and HIV/AIDS risk reduction. She also served as the Co-PI in conducting the Institute’s ACCESS project to increase access to health and social services for formerly incarcerated individuals in Brooklyn.

Guyanese-born Dr. Fraser is a graduate of the Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine in St. Lucia and did her medical training in the West Indies, Mexico, and the United States. Dr. Fraser has received numerous awards including the Health Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, and the prestigious Fulbright Research Specialist award to develop and implement a climate change and public health internship program for secondary school students in Trinidad and Tobago. She was also the recipient of the Innovator Award from the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, the Community Award from the Nurses Association of the Counties of Long Island (NACLI), as well as an extraordinary woman of Downstate recognition. She was also nominated to serve on the nationally acclaimed Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA)’s Community Engagement Domain Task Force. Most recently, Dr. Fraser was honored as a Power Woman in Brooklyn and received the special Health Award. She was also honored as the winner of the Crain's Heritage Healthcare Leadership Award and named one of Crain’s Notable Women in Healthcare. Dr. Fraser regularly presents her work at scientific meetings, nationally and internationally, and is a co-author on several publications and a book chapter.