Renetta G. Tull, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Strategic InitiativesUniversity of Maryland–Baltimore County
Opening Keynote Session
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 8:45 am - 10:45 am

Renetta Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Professor of the Practice in UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT (COEIT). Within COEIT, she serves as part of the “Engagement” team, and is pursues research in humanitarian engineering.  Tull is Founding Director and Co-PI for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-PI for the NSF USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). In addition to roles at UMBC and roles with grants, she is also part of the University System of Maryland’s Academic Affairs unit in Adelphi, Maryland, serving the USM as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and USM Director of Graduate & Professional Pipeline Development. In 2017, Tull was appointed to serve as Chair for the University System of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce Diversity subgroup.

Tull earned the BSEE from Howard University, and the MSEE and Ph.D. in Speech Science from Northwestern University. Her work in speaker recognition and focus on disability access to technology led to her former faculty and “Engineering Research Center Faculty” roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center at Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh respectively.

An international speaker on global diversity in STEM, Tull has led discussions such as “Inclusive Engagement – Engineering for All,” “Cultivating Inclusive Excellence within Science, Engineering, and Technology,” and similar topics in India, Taiwan, Korea, Dubai, Italy, and Australia. She has also spoken in 5 countries in Latin America about women and work/life balance, family, and prevention domestic and work-place abuse. She co-led Puerto Rico’s ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project, and continues to lead the “Women in STEM Forum” for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and the Engineering for the Americas/Organization of American States. Recognitions include: 2015 O’Reilly Media “Women in Data” cover, 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity Award Finalist, and the 2016 ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity. She has been an invited plenary panelist for diversity in engineering initiatives for the 2016 International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education in India, and the 2017 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) conference. She was a 2017 invited speaker for UNESCO’s “Women in Engineering” forum at the United Nations, and an invited speaker for the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) “Global Engagement in Diversity” webinar. She was also part of an invited UNESCO team for the “Engineering Report II” meeting in Beijing in September 2017, hosted by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In 2017, she was appointed to the National Academies for Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on The Science of Effective Mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM).

Tull is active in the American Society for Engineering Education, has more than 50 publications, has given more than 200 presentations on various STEM topics, and is a Tau Beta Pi “Eminent Engineer.” In 2016 and 2017 she was named in’s “35 of Women STEM Social Media Stars/Women in Science You Should Be Following On Social Media,” and in the “List of 200 Women of Color on Twitter,” respectively. In July 2017, after a bilingual presentation, Tull was elected Vice President of Initiatives for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), at the annual international conference. She is a passionate advocate, global mentor, education policy strategist and champion for equity in STEM; Tull engages the STEM community on Twitter @Renetta_Tull #ThinkBigDiversity.