ellen wang althaus

Assistant Dean for Strategic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives, Grainger College of Engineering, UIUC


Dr. Ellen Wang Althaus is a collaborative and innovative leader forging new
initiatives and building alliances to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In her
current role at the IDEA Institute, she is responsible for executing a college-wide
strategy that infuses DEI throughout the college. She collaborates with campus,
college, and departmental leaders to identify needs and priorities; develop and
implement evidenced-based strategies; and monitor and evaluate progress toward
DEI. Ellen also serves on campus leadership team and cross-institutional steering
committee for Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Advancing Women in STEM

Prior to joining Grainger Engineering, she launched and developed new initiatives in
inaugural roles at the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) and
in the Chemistry department to recruit, mentor, and graduate women and underrepresented racial/ethnic minority PhD students. She holds degrees in
chemistry from Carleton College (B.A.), and Northwestern University (M.S and