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Hispanics in Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Focus on African-American and Hispanic Engineering Students’ Professional and Academic Development

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Minorities in Engineering

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24.668.1 - 24.668.11



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Noemi V. Mendoza Diaz University Corporation for the Development of Internet-Mexico Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Mendoza Diaz is the coordinator of the Community of Engineering Education for the University Corporation for the Advancement of the Internet in Mexico. Dr. Mendoza Diaz obtained her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in educational administration and human resource development, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning-INSPIRE at Purdue University. She was a recipient of the Apprentice Faculty Grant from the ASEE Educational Research Methods Division in 2009. She also has been an electrical engineering professor for two Mexican universities. She is interested in pre-college and college engineering readiness, socioeconomically disadvantaged engineering students, and computer-aided engineering instruction.

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Hispanics in Engineering: A review of the Literature Hispanics is one of the minority groups projected to grow its representation in the mostdramatic way; from 15% to more than 30% by 2050. As it is known, current demographic trendsin Science and Engineering do not reflect this segment of the population –3% employed doctoralscientists, and 2.8% doctoral engineers. The American Dilemma is “this nation’s failure toeducate and develop a growing proportion of its potential talent base –African Americans,Latinos, and American Indians- as its need for people with skills in science and engineering isescalating.” Engineering education literature is very scant of studies addressing, in depth, themisrepresentation of Hispanics in engineering. This study reviews existing literature in otherrelated areas (e.g., diversity in higher education, STEM studies) and sheds light into the causesthat hinder the growth of Hispanics in the engineering field. Preliminary results indicate that the major factors affecting participation of Hispanics inengineering are: 1. Family low economic status 2. Lack of parental support 3. Language and cultural barriers 4. School’s low economic status 5. Lack of role-models and mentors 6. Lack of role-models and mentors in the teaching profession Results will be presented and discussed at the ASEE Conference and the finalized draft willbe submitted to a major engineering education publication.

Mendoza Diaz, N. V. (2014, June), Hispanics in Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20559

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