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Preparing the Future. The Importance of Diversity in Engineering. History Highlights. 1972- J.Stanford Smith (G.E.) challenged the nation “to take bold, innovative, all-out action to increase the supply of minority engineering graduates by 10- or 15-fold, and to get it done within the decade.”.

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Preparing the future

Preparing the Future

The Importance of Diversity in Engineering


History highlights

History Highlights

  • 1972- J.Stanford Smith (G.E.) challenged the nation “to take bold, innovative, all-out action to increase the supply of minority engineering graduates by 10- or 15-fold, and to get it done within the decade.”

  • 1973- National Academy of Engineering kicked

    off the national minority engineering effort


Issues faced by mep s

Issues faced by MEP’s

  • Lack of strong institutional support

  • Inadequate funding

  • Lack of faculty involvement


What is diversity

What is Diversity?

Diversity refers to all of the characteristics that make individuals different from each other.

In engineering education, we focus on:

- Cultural Differences (Under-represented vs.

Majority)

- Gender


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Definitions:

  • Under-represented students in engineering, are defined as African-American, Latino, or Native American.

  • Majority students are Caucasian.

  • Asian students are considered represented in engineering & science professions.


Engineering crisis

Engineering Crisis

  • On a national level, the number of women and underrepresented minority students entering engineering hit its highest point in 1994. Since that time, there has been a gradual decline in the number of female and minority students who are entering colleges to pursue the engineering profession.

    Source: Engineering Workforce Commission, Engineering & Technology Enrollments, Fall through 2004


Fall semester freshman enrollments in engineering

Fall Semester Freshman Enrollments in Engineering*

* Source: Engineering Workforce Commission, “Engineering & Technology Enrollments, (various years)


B s degrees granted in engineering

B.S. Degrees Granted in Engineering*

* Source: Engineering Workforce Commission, “Engineering & Technology Enrollments, (various years


Women in engineering

Women in Engineering

  • In 2004, only 16.3% of first year full-time engineering undergraduates were women. *

  • Only 5.5% of female high school seniors plan to pursue an engineering

    degree in college. **

  • Source: Engineering Workforce Commission, Engineering & Technology Enrollments, Fall through 2004

    **Source: National Center for Education Statistics

All of these facts, illustrate the need to increase high schools students exposure to ENGINEERING!


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How does Northwestern Compare?


Outreach efforts

Outreach Efforts

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) –www.nsbe.org

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) -www.shpe.org

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – www.swe.org


Programs that make a difference

Programs that make a difference!

  • Career Day for Girls – McCormick’s largest & oldest outreach program of its type. Created in 1971.

  • EXCEL – 5-week academically intensive, residential program. Invited students participate the summer prior to their official matriculation into McCormick. Students receive 2 academic credits that count toward their NU engineering degree. Created in 1978.


Questions

Questions??


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