Tamara Reid Bush named associate dean for inclusion and diversity

August 11, 2022

Tamara Reid Bush has been named associate dean for inclusion and diversity with MSU Engineering following a national search.

Tamara Reid Bush
Tamara Reid Bush

In this role, Reid Bush will serve on the senior management team and provide leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across all areas of the college. This includes oversight for policies, practices and programmatic initiatives designed to support and recruit faculty, staff and students. As the college liaison to the boarder university community, Reid Bush will represent Engineering on issues and advancements involving inclusion and professional and leadership development.

MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said Reid Bush will have overall responsibility for enhancing and maintaining an inclusive college culture while fostering leadership and professional development opportunities for all stakeholders in the college community.

“We are very pleased Tamara accepted the position. She is recognized as a trusted leader whose professionalism and commitment to inclusivity and diversity will help us reach the aspirational goals we’ve set for our college community. We look forward to the many advancements she will help us make in this integral role,” Kempel continued.

Reid Bush, a professor of mechanical engineering, currently serves as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and previously as faculty excellence advocate for the college, a position she helped to establish as co-principal investigator on an NSF ADVANCE grant. Among her many accomplishments are contributions in the fields of engineering mechanics, materials science, modeling, medicine and increasing diversity in STEM, a leadership role at the World Congress of Biomechanics for Rehabilitation, Injury and Sports Biomechanics, and rankings as Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Her current research involves device development for persons with disabilities and collaboration with an automotive company to produce autonomous vehicles accessible to persons who have a reduction in mobility.

Communications contact: Kelley Monterusso