June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Nuclear and Radiological
12.559.1 - 12.559.7
Diversity Programs and Nuclear Engineering Education: Outreach, Retention, and Engagement
Mohamed Bourham and Lisa Marshall Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University
Abstract Diversity programs are paramount to nuclear engineering education. It is a process that must begin with pre-engineering programs and become an integral part of the outreach, retention, and engagement mandate of nuclear engineering programs. How does a nuclear engineering program engage in this initiative? Who are the stakeholders, and what roles do they play? How does an industry develop strategies to broaden perception of nuclear science and technology? North Carolina State’s Nuclear Engineering program has developed partnerships – on- and off-campus – to increase participation and subsequently affect the number of diverse students graduating and embarking on a nuclear engineering career. Strategies for implementation will be the focus of this paper.
Keywords Nuclear engineering; K12 outreach; diversity programs; women in engineering; minorities in engineering; undergraduate program
Past issues of American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism and the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear News highlight a concern about diversity within engineering and nuclear engineering.1 Referring to the Report of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development, there is supporting evidence of a troubling trend: low diversity numbers in engineering and nuclear engineering.2 The number of Hispanic, Black, and Asian nuclear engineers are below overall engineering figures, and there is low representation of women entering the discipline. A multi-layered approach to improving these numbers is needed from an overall societal well-being perspective.
Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2007, American Society for Engineering Education
Marshall, L., & Bourham, M. (2007, June), Diversity Programs And Nuclear Engineering Education: Outreach, Retention, And Engagement Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2523
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