The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED) at the Georgia Institute for Technology (Georgia Tech) as the 2016 NAMEPA Recruitment Program Award recipient. Georgia Tech remains a national leader in producing a diverse population of engineers and the College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED) is a key component of that effort. CEED offers a suite of programs that target the recruitment of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including the residential Summer Engineering Institute (SEI), Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (S.U.R.E), and Focus weekend that align with NAMEPA’s mission of providing quality service, information, and tools to students. For example, S.U.R.E is committed to increasing the number of qualified students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. More than 500 students have participated in S.U.R.E. 75% of participants went on to graduate school (Masters and/or Ph.D). 50% of those who went on to graduate school enrolled at Georgia Tech. Annually, over 36% of students enrolled in the College of Engineering (undergraduate and graduate) have participated in CEED programs. Overall, CEED programs impact more than 3,000 potential Georgia Tech students.
The NAMEPA Recruitment Program Award was established to honor recruitment programs that have actively increased the participation of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations in engineering. NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.
NAMEPA is very grateful for Georgia Tech’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Center for Engineering Education and Diversity will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.