Founded in 1979, 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 African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians earning degrees in engineering. As a recognized authority in minority engineering education, 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 makes a difference by …

  • Serving companies by providing direct access to minority engineering talent
  • Training educators including MEP directors and university administrators
  • Supporting students through scholarships and networking opportunities

Regional organizations are an extension of the national association. All members are eligible to receive the benefits of regional membership. NAMEPA is divided into five geographical regions designated A, B, C, D and E. Each Region has its own Board and bylaws, and assigns three members to act on its behalf on the National Board of Directors. The following outline shows the regional structure of NAMEPA:

  • Region A - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
  • Region B - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Region C - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin
  • Region D - Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Texas
  • Region E - Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming


The NAMEPA, Inc. Region A Program consists of professionals from post secondary institutions, pre-college programs, corporations, and government agencies in the District of Columbia and 11 states in the northeastern United States.

Region A is committed to ensuring that its under represented minority students are made aware of opportunities to learn about and pursue careers in engineering. NAMEPA Region A members share information and work together and with members of other regions and other organizations to ensure that its students are placed in supportive environments in which they have the best opportunities to reach their full potential.

In 1979, a group of Minority Engineering Program Administrators met in Atlanta to discuss the formation of an association that would focus on the issues affecting the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students seeking degrees in engineering. A Steering Committee, chaired by Dr. William Gamble, then of Michigan State University, met in Berkeley, California in January of 1980, to create an organizational structure, goals, objectives, a constitution, and bylaws for the new association, as well as to select a name. In January of 1981, the proposals of the Steering Committee were ratified and the group officially became known as the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators.

Region A Contact

Marianne Johnson
Manager, Student Development & 
Support College of Engineering
University of Delaware  
141 Dupont Hall  
Newark, DE  19716
Tel: 302-831-6315
Email: mtj@udel.edu

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