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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!

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.
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