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Indigenous Peoples Profile: Dr. Maru Colbert, SWE Member & Chemical and Environmental Engineer

During the month of November, SWE is to honor and recognize Indigenous Peoples from around the world and, specifically, within the engineering and technology profession. SWE members who identify as Indigenous, or are allies to this community, may opt-in to the Indigenous Peoples Affinity Group listserv on their SWE Member profile (in the SWE Member Portal) or join the Indigenous Peoples Affinity Group.   
Indigenous Peoples Profile: Dr. Maru Colbert, SWE Member & Chemical and Environmental Engineer - Indigenous Peoples

SWE is honored to share a profile of a SWE Member who belongs to the Seminole and Choctaw indigenous communities.  


 Name: Dr. Maru Colbert 

 SWE Experience (Membership type, leadership experience, etc):  Member for 15+ years, SWE Advisor/Mentor, K12, Policy and Affinity programs, former Faculty Mentor/Liaison. 

 Affiliated Tribe/ Indigenous Community: [Father] Seminole and Choctaw 

 Engineering/Technical Experience: Chemical and Environmental (sustainable processes and materials) 

 Biographical Statement:  As a Native and African American her engineering interests have a beneficent and socially responsible impetus. Over the years her teaching and research interests spanned atmospheric chemistry, phytoremediation, micro-and small-scale processes, MEMS, and reactionware. 

Working on two landmark or “firsts” in engineering and on national and international projects has been rewarding for her. Two teaching awards later, she has founded an online STEM education and service platform.  As an engineer and artist she states, “Technology (green engineering), social justice and humanitarian imperatives drive my work and being”. 

Dr. Maru Colbert is active within her community by attending activities, including powwows; supporting students to attend AISES and donating handmade items to Native American fundraisers. 



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