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ECE Inclusivity Roundtable

Welcome Week

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Location: Zoom

Open to ALL current Texas ECE students, faculty, and staff

At Texas ECE we strive to build a warm and inclusive community for all of our students, faculty, and staff. Let’s start the new academic year with a candid conversation about inclusivity within the department. We will take a look at the demographics of our current student body and brainstorm ways that we can build a more inclusive and welcoming community.

Our Roundtable discussion will feature the following participants:


Christine Julien
Professor at Texas ECE & Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Cockrell School of Engineering


Ashlee Garcia, Texas ECE Graduate Student & Member, Graduates for Underrepresented Minorities (GUM)

Indhu Gunda, Texas ECE Undergraduate Student & President, Women in ECE

Tim Kinnard

Tim Kinnard
Worldwide Fab Manufacturing Leader at Texas Instruments

Tim Kinnard has over 20 years’ experience leading semiconductor manufacturing at Texas Instruments. He has held multiple roles within TI as a quality engineer, process manager, equipment engineer and engineering branch manager. Currently he leads TI’s first 300 mm fabrication team at our Dallas campus. He also attained the prestigious title of Senior Member Technical Staff within our technical ladder, which represents the strongest technical contributors at TI.

During his career at TI, Tim has been inspired by the diverse leaders who mentored him. But with the recent events around racial injustice here in the US, he has renewed his passion to ensuring we continue to recruit a diverse workforce. He is committed to being an organizational leader that creates an environment where everyone feels included and aligned with our purpose.

Tim is originally from Port Arthur, TX, and is a proud alumnus of Prairie View A&M, one of two historically black universities (HBCU) in the state, where he graduated with an Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. During his time at Prairie View, he met his wife Rolonda and they have been married for 27 years. Tim and Rolonda are also the proud parents of two wonderful children, Kennedy and Branden.

Alex Tekle, Texas ECE Undergraduate & President, National Society of Black Engineers, UT Austin Chapter

Nina Telang
Associate Professor of Instruction at Texas ECE

If you have constructive ideas about how we can build a community in which everybody can thrive, we want to hear them! Submit questions and topic suggestions when you register. Whether you’re returning to Texas ECE or brand new to the community, all current Texas ECE undergraduates, grad students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the conversation.

Veronica Vasquez
Director – Student Services at Texas ECE

Current students, faculty, and staff will find Zoom access details in Canvas.