June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Minorities in Engineering
24.668.1 - 24.668.11
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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