• Sue Barsamian Engineering Faculty and Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

This award is for faculty or staff who have demonstrated excellence in the enhancement of diversity and inclusion in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University. A nominee must be a full-time faculty or staff member in the college.

The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and cash award of $4,000. The award was presented at the College of Engineering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit Nov. 9, 2021.

Current Recipient

photo of Jessica Heier Stamm

Jessica L. Heier Stamm, associate professor in IMSE

Heier Stamm has offered more than a dozen workshops to support K-State EXCITE!, GROW, and Upward Bound Math and Science programs. She has engaged hundreds of elementary, and middle and high school students in these workshops, challenging them to think about problems in humanitarian logistics and helping them understand how scientists, mathematicians and engineers help solve these great human problems.

Heier Stamm is a frequent contributor to KAWSE, or the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, programs that seek to enrich the lives of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her input and expertise have strengthened our programs and inspired the students, faculty and staff she connects with.

Comment from a student:

“Because of my experience with Dr. Heier Stamm, I feel confident enough to pursue further graduate studies in STEM. I now understand that excellent people in my field aren’t just naturally gifted but can achieve excellence through work and discipline.”

Criteria for nomination

Nomination criteria include one or more of the following:

  1. Outstanding teaching in courses that cover cultural competency and diversity or courses that have material integrating and highlighting accomplishments by historically under-represented groups in engineering (For this award the term ‘historically under-represented’ will be interpreted broadly to include any group under-represented or excluded in the field of engineering or at Kansas State University. For example Asian American students are not underrepresented in the field of engineering at the national level but have been underrepresented in the College of Engineering here.)
  2. Outstanding contributions in developing an educational program for historically under-represented students or the college community that supports the well-being of historically under-represented students and/or provides a positive climate for diversity and inclusion
  3. Outstanding efforts in recruiting historically under-represented students
  4. Outstanding efforts to retain and mentor historically under-represented students
  5. Unique and highly impactful research, creative inquiry or programs directed toward historically under-represented students


Nomination must be provided by current K-State faculty, students, staff or administrators.

View the nomination form