Below are our PATHS UP EDI Facilitators who help with each EDI session. Each facilitator also receives a certificate for participation
Dr. Andres Tremante
Professor Andres Tremante is the director of the Center for Diversity and Student Success in the College of Engineering and Computing (CD-SSEC). Dr. Tremante is responsible for all aspects of the College’s K-12 programs and pre-college STEM activities, working closely with the college advisors and associate deans to improve student success, graduation & retention rates and in advancing the mission of the college.
Professor Tremante received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar and his doctoral degree from Arts et Métiers Paris Tech.
Andrew Green serves as the associate director of academic services for the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing. In this capacity, he supports the center in all aspects of the college’s K-12 programs, pre-college STEM activities, and the student success initiatives. Andrew previously worked with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the dean’s office as program director for strategic initiatives. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from FIU and he’s currently enrolled in the higher education doctoral degree program.
Shelly D Tornquist
Dr Karan Watson
Theresa Chatman directs the diversity and inclusion efforts for large, multi-institutional grants for Rice’s Office of Research, including two National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers (ERCs), the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center and the Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP). She has managed numerous activities at Rice University focused on the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) students in all fields of academic pursuits, including social sciences, humanities, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She has also been instrumental in many national partnerships and events designed to support URM students, including her service as Chair of NEWT’s Inclusion Oversight and PATHS-UP’s Diversity and Inclusion Boards. Her work has enabled and inspired hundreds of students to focus on their academic programs and achieve their personal and professional goals.
Dr Omai Garner
Dr. Omai Garner is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Microbiology in the UCLA Health System. He received his PhD from UC San Diego in Biomedical Sciences. He was a Postdoctoral Clinical Microbiology CPEP Fellow in the Department of Pathology at UCLA, and a former McNair Scholar. Dr. Garner is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Dr. Garner’s research focuses on novel Point of Care Devices for infectious disease diagnosis in the developing world.
Dr. Garner was always taught that science, at its best, is a collaborative process. “It is collaboration, and not competition, which produces the most significant advances in biomedical research.”
He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Social Justice Learning Institute of Inglewood, California.
Mr John Peterson
Mr. John Peterson is the Associate Director of Spark! PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach at Texas A&M Engineering. He brings ten years of K-12 engineering education experience as a classroom teacher and leader of professional development. Prior to education, he spent 13 years as an electronics technician in the aviation and automotive industries in both private and public sectors. He currently designs and implements the Maker U™ professional development series, coordinates the STEM 4 Innovation Conference for K-12 Education, and deploys numerous community STEM outreach events and trainings across the state of Texas.
Dr Souptik Barua
Graduate Student at Texas A&M
Lydia is a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on designing and optimizing a glucose sensing assay for an implantable “bar-coded” sensor. She has been involved in research with PATHS-UP since its inception and is a PATHS-UP Fellow.