UC President Janet Napolitano quoted CEE Assistant Professor Scott Moura in her speech on the importance of diversity in the academic community. The occasion was the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP).
Below is an excerpt from that speech:
Today, more than ever before, it is important to recruit scholars who will enhance the diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, or public service. Their recruitment is essential to fulfilling UC’s mission to serve the needs of our increasingly diverse state, nation, and world.
A former PPFP fellow, Scott Moura, who is now an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, well explains why this recruitment is essential.
Throughout his academic career, Scott has embraced opportunities that foster engineering education among traditionally underrepresented and diverse populations.
Scott says, “Continuing these efforts is an integral component of my core values. The discovery of new technologies is paralleled by the discovery of new cultures and perspectives.”
The PPFP was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority PhD recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.