The Joseph Bordogna Forum

The Joseph Bordogna Forum will foster conversation and debate regarding important issues at the nexus of technology and society. It will feature lectures and panel discussions on a wide range of contemporary issues that are central to engineering including diversity and inclusion, the role of technology in our social fabric, and questions of fairness, justice and equity.

Image of Chancellor Gary May of UC-DavisSpring 2023 Speaker:

Dr. Gary S. May
Chancellor, UC-Davis

“The Diversity Imperative”

Monday, February 27, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall
3330 Walnut Street

Reception to follow in the Levine Lobby


Dr. May’s talk was recorded and is available for viewing here.



The Diversity Imperative: Increasing diversity in STEM isn’t just the right thing to do for social equity. Diversity is at the root of innovation and technological advancement. Thus, it’s imperative that we increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.


Chancellor Gary S. May is a highly engaged leader with a passion for helping others succeed. He believes success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others.

Throughout his career, he’s championed diversity, equity and inclusion in both higher education and the workplace. He developed nationally recognized programs that attract, mentor and retain underrepresented groups in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, President Obama honored him with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring.

May earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. He was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018. In 2020, May was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences under the classification of “educational and academic leadership.” In 2021, May was awarded a Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an honorary doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

A prominent voice in higher education, May is a Commissioner of the Council on Competitiveness and other national committees.

His vision as UC Davis’ seventh chancellor is to lead the university to new heights in academic excellence, inclusion, public service and upward mobility for students from all backgrounds.

Past Speakers in the Series

February 15, 2022: Dr. Gilda Barabino, President, Olin College of Engineering, “Engineering for Everyone: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


February 24, 2021: John Brooks Slaughter, Deans’ Professor of Education and Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering and the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, “A Call to Action for Racial Justice and Equity in Engineering

In Honor of Dr. Joseph Bordogna

Joseph BordognJoseph Bordogna was the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of John Bartram Public High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Bordogna earned B.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the S.M. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and honorary doctorate degrees in engineering, science, humanities, and humane letters. After receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Penn, he joined the Penn Engineering faculty as an assistant professor in 1964. He went on to become director of The Moore School of Electrical Engineering, an associate dean and finally dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1981-1990. As dean, he established Penn Engineering’s Office of Minority Programs, now the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. During his tenure at Penn, he won five major teaching awards: The Lindback and S. Reid Warren Jr. Awards, and the off-campus education awards of Western Electric, Westinghouse and United Engineers and Constructors, Inc. He was also the first master of Stouffer College House.

From 1991 to 2005, Dr. Bordogna served at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), first as head of the Directorate for Engineering, then appointed as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of NSF.  His career also included experience as a line officer in the U.S. Navy, an engineer in industry at RCA Corporation, a member of the team that created (in 1983) the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) investment in stimulating entrepreneurial potential, a Presidential Appointee in the federal government, worldwide President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a founder of PRIME (Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering) in 1973, a program which for two decades supported integrative engineering and science learning programs for 5th-12th grade students and teachers. Throughout his career, he worked to include underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Dr. Bordogna passed away on November 26, 2019.