Miami Presents: Beyond Optics - A Discussion About Inclusion with Julie Elberfeld and Beena Sukumaran

Presented on: Wednesday, April 21st at 5:30 PM EDT

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Join us for a conversation about diversity and inclusion with Miami alumna, Julie Elberfeld ‘86 and CEC Dean, Dr. Beena Sukumaran.  Presented in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computing's Women's Advisory Council, we will continue important and frank conversations about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, specifically within the tech industry.   

Julie Elberfeld '86 is an experienced Fortune 100 Divisional CIO and executive champion for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in technology. She is currently the interim CTO for workforce non-profit Opportunity@Work, and a D&I strategy consultant to executives. Julie was formerly a Capital One Senior Vice President and Commercial Bank CIO, as well as the Executive Sponsor of Tech's D&I efforts, where she founded Women in Tech (WIT) and many other programs to drive a more diverse and inclusive workforce in technology.

Beena Sukumaran is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Miami University. Before joining Miami University, she was PI for an NSF Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Department (RED) grant titled Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity (RevED). The RevED grant looked at strategies to grow representation of women, underserved groups and ethnic/racial minorities in Engineering, while enhancing inclusion through curriculum design, teaching and learning. She has also been involved in various outreach activities to recruit more ethnic/racial minorities, women and underserved groups into engineering. She served as the Division Chair of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE, and is also the co-organizer of the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (ConECD) conference since its inception in 2018. Beena was the recipient of the 2011 New Jersey ASCE Educator of the Year award, the 2013 Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action, the 2016 New Jersey Department of Transportation Research Implementation Award, WEPAN Inclusive Culture and Equity Award during her tenure at Rowan University.

This virtual event is free to attend, but registration is required.  Please direct questions to Mollie Young at