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An Imperative for Diversity and Inclusion Training for Asian-American Faculty to Increase the Number of Women Engineering Graduates

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2021 CoNECD

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Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day

Publication Date

January 24, 2021

Start Date

January 24, 2021

End Date

January 28, 2021

Conference Session

CoNECD Session : Day 3 Slot 4 Technical Session 3

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions

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13

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David Soukup P.E. New York University Tandon School of Engineering

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David Soukup is an adjunct professor in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. He teaches courses on discrete event simulation, project management, work design, and operations management.

A licensed professional engineer, he earned his M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and B.S. in systems engineering from the University of Arizona.

He has worked for three engineering associations. He is a Certified Association Executive.

He received the 2010 New York State Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Abstract

Quantitative analysis is lacking on why little progress has been made on increasing the percentage of women earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering. This paper, based on the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2019 “Engineering by the Numbers,” uses data from the 115 universities with 400 or more bachelor’s graduates in engineering in the United States. It describes a simple linear regression to predict the percentage of women engineering graduates based on the percentage of Asian-American tenured/tenure track faculty. For each percentage point increase in Asian-American faculty at a university, the percentage of women graduates goes down by .236 percent. Using data from the top 20 engineering disciplines ranked by total number of graduates, for each percentage point increase in Asian American faculty in an engineering discipline, the percentage of women graduates goes down by .76 percent. The author believes that this analysis points to the need for additional professional development around diversity and inclusion among engineering faculty and to ensure Asian-American faculty, in particular, are engaged. Increased research is being done on inherent bias among engineering faculty. This paper suggests a need to include a separate category for Asian-American faculty to be included in the research.

Soukup, D. (2021, January), An Imperative for Diversity and Inclusion Training for Asian-American Faculty to Increase the Number of Women Engineering Graduates Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . https://peer.asee.org/36068

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