Lesko is passionate about ways in which to build inclusive scientific communities. “Innovation is served by a diversity of thought, perspectives, and cultures,” he says.
In his previous role as associate dean, he cooperatively developed programs in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech to build community along with the sustained financial support structure to drive persistence to degree. Lesko has also been involved in the development and execution of white allyship leadership programs.
“One of the most compelling themes that came across during Jack’s interview process was his strong commitment to building an inclusive engineering research and learning environment; he demonstrated his ability to drive culture toward inclusion and to bring more voices to the table,” says Pollastri.
Lesko says that part of the reason he was drawn to the institute is because of his alignment with the Roux Institute’s interdisciplinary approach. “I’m a very interdisciplinary person, and the fact that you have so many great minds in these different spaces allows you to build innovative opportunities and at the interface of disciplines.”
Lesko looks forward to joint programs with other research areas, and utilizing, for instance, data visualization research in his work with advanced manufacturing and training.