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Renetta Garrison Tull – CV November 2018

Acknowledgements in Dissertations & Theses

Student/Mentee Testimonials

2018 Research & Advocacy: 

Humanitarian Engineering – Intersections between the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Recent Honors & Awards:

2018 Global Student Forum Mentoring Award, presented at the 2018 World Engineering Education Forum

2018 Speaker: Women in STEM – at United Nations Headquarters

2017 – 2019 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Effective Mentoring Programs and Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels

2017 -2018 United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Engineering Report II Team

2017 Vice President of Initiatives – Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI)

2016 ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Claire L. Felbinger Diversity Award

2015 Top 3 Finalist, Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity Award (Representing the USA; with finalists from Germany, and the United Arab Emirates)

GEDC badge

2013 Hall of Fame – Plainfield High School Alumni (Plainfield, NJ)


  • University System of Maryland (USM – 12 Institutions) Director for Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development, and Special Assistant to the USM Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (On detail part-time from UMBC)
  • Associate Vice ProvostStrategic InitiativesUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland)
  • Professor of the Practice, College of Engineering and Information Technology, UMBC


Professional Bio (updated, Spring 2018)

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. She is also 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 and Student 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. 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. 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 “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. In 2018, she is serving as the University System of Maryland’s Chair for the Health Care Workforce Disparities Group, and is honored to be serving the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a member of the national mentoring committee. She also serves the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a 2017-2018 team member for the next international engineering report. She is a passionate advocate, global mentor, and champion for equity in STEM; she invites you to engage on Twitter @Renetta_Tull #ThinkBigDiversity.



An effective administrator with research interests in international STEM education, America’s competitiveness, and equal access to higher education.  Technical interests and work are in the areas of speech related applications to medicine, engineering and technology; interests also include accessible technology resources for persons with disabilities.  Diverse work and leadership skills are demonstrated through experience with universities, technology councils, Fortune 500 and start-up companies, medical facilities, and government projects.


Global Diversity & Inclusion in STEM, Access to STEM, Gender Equity and STEM, Diversity and STEM, Access to Education, Graduate Education, Postdoctoral Training, Professional Development


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON, Madison,Wisconsin, ANNA JULIA COOPER POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, Department of Communicative Disorders, 2000,  Research:  The Impact of Vocal Pathologies on Speech Technology

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Evanston, Illinois, Ph.D., Speech Science, 1999.  Dissertation:  Acoustic Analysis of Cold-Speech: Implications for Speaker Recognition Technology and the Common Cold.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Evanston, Illinois, M.S., ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, 1994.  Thesis: Analyses of Geriatric Laryngectomized Voice for Alaryngeal Speech Enhancement

HOWARD UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C., B.S., Electrical Engineering,  1991.


Global travel has been sponsored by: The National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Airbus Corporation, the Ana G. Mendez University System (SUAGM – Universidad Metropolitana)

  • Co-leading the “Women in STEM” project for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), representative at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), invitee to activities of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)
  • Co-PI for the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project for Puerto Rico
  • LACCEI: Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica
  • WEEF: Colombia, Dubai, Italy, Korea
  • Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC/Airbus Diversity activities): Australia
  • International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education: India
  • Ecuador Collaborations – La Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)
  • Mexico Collaborations – Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Pacific Sciences Congress “Women in STEM” forum – Taiwan
  • International Gender Summit – GS8 Mexico
  • Discussions on women and equity in STEM, humanitarian engineering: Malaysia

FACULTY TOOL: The Mentor Mirror:


PROMISE-based publications:

Publications listed though ASEE Peer (American Society for Engineering Education – Papers on Engineering Education Repository):

Selection of Students’ Acknowledgements of R. Tull as a mentor (Unsolicited) in Dissertations and Master’s Theses

  1. Amanuel, Yared, Surface Morphology and Mechanical Properties of a Microwave Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposited Microtextured Carbide Layer on Co-Cr-Mo Alloy Used for Artificial Joints, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UMBC, 2007.
  1. Alexander, Lauren M., Professional prerequisites for entry-level technical positions, M.A., Intercultural Communication, UMBC, 2007.
  2. Dyer, Philip S., SoftSeparator: A method for dynamic separation of the signatures generated by two cows walking in tandem over the longitudinally-split floor of the StepMetrix(TM), M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UMBC, 2007.
  1. Siraj, Zaker, Time-varying compression amplification with spectral sharpening, M.S. Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UMBC, 2008.
  1. Wilson, Marcella J., The comparison of online social networks in terms of structure and evolution, Ph.D., Computer Science, UMBC, 2008
  1. Briggs, LaTese L., Biophysical analysis of the RFX complex: An essential regulator of the adaptive immune system, Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, UMBC, 2008.
  1. Garrett, Adia J., The Role of Picture Perception in Children’s Performance on a Picture Vocabulary Test, Ph.D., Psychology, UMBC, 2008
  1. Pollack, Judith K., Study of the Morphology and Physiology of Filamentous Fungi During Nutrient Starvation Using the Parallel Plate Flow Chamber, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UMBC, 2008
  1. Akobundu, Ucheoma O., Short-term Home-delivered Meal Intervention and the Health, Nutrition and Functional Status of Hospital-Discharged Older Adults, Ph.D., Nutrition, University of Maryland College Park, 2008
  1. Reader, Jocelyn C. Identification and characterization of a novel NUP98-PHF23 fusion gene from acute myeloid leukemia, Ph.D., Genetics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2009
  1. Bacon, Jennifer N., Culturally Responsive Poetry: The Lived Experience of African-American Adolescent Girl Poets, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland College Park, 2010.
  1. Glover, Charles N., Computationally Tractable Stochastic Integer Programming Models for Air Traffic Flow Management, Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Maryland College Park, 2010
  1. Williams, Asha-Lateef, IDEA Part C Referrals, Determination of Eligibility, and Services Recommended for Infants and Toddlers Affected by Illegal Substances: A Policy Implementation Study. Ph.D., Special Education, Univ. of Maryland College Park, 2010.
  1. Mozie-Ross, Yvette D., An Examination of High School Graduates Who Identify Teachers as Influential in their Choice of College, D., Higher Education, Policy, and Leadership, University of Maryland College Park, 2011.
  1. Mitchell, Susan M., Software Process Improvement through the Removal of Project-level Knowledge Flow Obstacles| The Perceptions of Software Engineers, Ph.D., Information Systems, UMBC, 2012
  1. McRae, Angela, Teacher Competence Support for Reading in Middle School, Ph.D., Human Development, University of Maryland College Park, 2012
  1. Gomez Riquelme, Luis Angelo, The Lived Experience Of Latina/o Peer Mentees: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach, Ph.D., Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland College Park, 2012
  1. Williams, Alexis Y., Applications of Dweck’s Model of Implicit Theories to Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Emotional Experiences, Ph.D., Human Development, University of Maryland College Park, 2012
  1. Westmoreland, Sophoria, Design thinking: Cognitive patterns in engineering design documentation, University of Maryland College Park, 2012
  1. Connell-Albert, Yvette, Aberrant Signaling in Astrocytomas and Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM): Utilizing Inhibitors of Proliferation as Potential Therapies, George Mason University, 2012


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