Designing Effective Minority Engineering Programs: Background, Review, and Guidelines
In the United States there is a growing shortage of scientists and engineers which will affect U.S. international competitiveness. An examination of population demographics shows that there is a growing percentage of minorities in the United states. Presently there is an acute underrepresentation of minorities in the science and engineering fields. Initially, women could be brought into the field to postpone the predicted shortage. This paper will provide evidence that in the long term, a shortage will be averted only if minorities, as well as women, can be drawn into the supply of scientists and engineers. Obstacles to minorities in engineering are identified to illustrate the difficulty of drawing minorities to the field. The roles of education, government, and industry in developing and instituting solutions are presented. An investigation into current methods of averting the shortage by attracting minorities to engineering yields some factors for successful programs. These factors are used to establish design criteria for a minority engineering program. A methodology for program evaluation is presented, and conclusions and recommendations are discussed. Finally, background information and suggestions for further research are presented.
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Swart, William W.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
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Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering; Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic
Jimenez, Marie Moltz, "Designing Effective Minority Engineering Programs: Background, Review, and Guidelines" (1989). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4162.