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Mind Links 2008: Resources To Motivate Minorities To Study And Stay In Engineering

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Special Resources and Activities for Minorities

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Minorities in Engineering

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13.896.1 - 13.896.28



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Maria M. Larrondo Petrie Florida Atlantic University


Ivan Esparragoza Pennsylvania State University

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Ivan E. Esparragoza is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State Brandywine. His current research interests are in the areas of Global Engineering Education, Engineering Design Education, Innovative Design, and Global Design. He has introduced multinational design projects in a freshman introductory engineering design course in collaboration with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of his effort to contribute to the formation of world class engineers for the Americas. He is Vice-President for Region I and assistant of the Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institution (LACCEI); in ASEE he is in the board of the International Division, and the Minority Division

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MIND Links 2008: Resources to Motivate Minorities to Study and Stay In Engineering


MIND is the acronym for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) MINorities in Engineering Division. The MIND Links project gathers useful web links and information on resources that would allow minority students and minority faculty to find and take full advantage of the myriad of programs and information designed to promote their participation in the engineering and technology disciplines. This paper provides more than 650 links.


The myriad of programs designed to promote participation of minorities in engineering and technology disciplines often are underutilized because minority faculty and minority students may not be aware of these opportunities, nor of how and where to apply. Opportunities range from programs designed to promote student interest in these fields, to summer enrichment programs, scholarships, fellowships, research opportunities, awards, leadership programs, and career advancement programs. This survey organizes these opportunities and resources, specially targeting those of particular interest to engineering students and engineering faculty throughout the lifecycle of their career, and provides links to internet sites containing further details. An analysis is done of possible areas of need not covered adequately by existing resources.

Engineering Professional Societies and Engineering Education Related Sites

Professional societies for engineers provide scholarships, fellowships, awards, conferences, competitions, publications, and resources for students, parents, educators and professional engineers. Table 1 shows a listing of engineering professional societies. The computer science and engineering technologies societies are included in this table because the computer science and engineering technology programs are often housed in the college of engineering. The table also includes architecture, because students may want to explore the differences between this discipline and construction or civil engineering. Table 2 lists the engineering related honor societies. Table 3 lists other engineering-related societies, including science, mathematics, medical, and education societies. Table 4 lists engineering, technology, science and educational societies that specifically target underrepresented minorities, and the list in Table 5 targets women in these disciplines.

Table 1. Engineering Professional Societies Engineering Professional Organization Web link AAAI American Association for Artificial Intelligence AACEI Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering

Larrondo Petrie, M. M., & Esparragoza, I. (2008, June), Mind Links 2008: Resources To Motivate Minorities To Study And Stay In Engineering Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3337

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