Title

Designing Effective Minority Engineering Programs: Background, Review, and Guidelines

Abstract

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.

Notes

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Graduation Date

1989

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Swart, William W.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Department

Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Format

Print

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering; Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic

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