Clive D’Souza, U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) assistant professor, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Council for Disability Concerns for his advocacy of disability issues across campus.
Certificates were presented to a small group of U-M faculty, staff and students at the James T. Neubacher Awards Ceremony on October 25, which is named in honor of Jim Neubacher, a U-M graduate and columnist for the Detroit Free Press who advocated for the equal rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. The ceremony took place during Investing in Ability Week, a series put on by the Council for Disability annually to increase disability-related awareness.
The U-M Council for Disability Concerns is an organization that works towards making the University a community that respects disability, honors individual needs, and makes everything accessible. It was founded in 1983, and now has over 300 members that include U-M faculty, staff, students and community members.
“I am honored to be named in this select group this year,” D’Souza said regarding his award. “Moreover, it is wonderful to be at U-M and a member of U-M IOE where contributions to inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities are valued.”
Clive D’Souza joined U-M IOE in 2013 after getting his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering for the University of Buffalo. In his research, he utilizes ergonomics and human factors engineering methods in order to address human performance, safety and inclusive design concerns in occupational and transportation settings. His research and outreach routinely engages older adults and people with disabilities from the Ann Arbor community. In addition, he serves as a member of the U-M Student Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Board convened by Dr. Robert Sellers, U-M Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion.