College of Engineering and Science joins national ASEE pledge

Sep 15, 2015 | Engineering and Science

Louisiana Tech University and its College of Engineering and Science has joined more than 100 North American universities in a pledge to support diversity in engineering. Dr. Hisham Hegab, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, signed the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) pledge on behalf of Louisiana Tech “to provide increased opportunities for women and other underrepresented demographic groups to pursue meaningful engineering careers.” ENG_logo_new“Addressing the issue of diversity is vital to providing a competitive and innovative workforce for our nation, particularly in the engineering and science fields,” Hegab said. “During the past several years, our College has initiated several proactive programs and strategies to help increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities within our faculty and students. We are committed to the goals outlined by the ASEE pledge.” The pledge represents the College of Engineering and Science’s dedication to providing inclusive programs and opportunities for women and other underrepresented minorities, and is a culmination of ASEE’s 2014-15 “Year of Action on Diversity.” Louisiana Tech has established a national reputation for supporting women and minorities in engineering and science through efforts initiated and advanced by the Office of Women in Science and Engineering (OWISE), and award-winning organizations such as the Louisiana Tech chapters of the National Society for Black Engineers and Society of Women in Engineering. Dr. Katie Evans, director of the OWISE and of the Walter Koss Associate Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana Tech, says that the partnership will help promote STEM fields among local children from different demographics. “We hope to get children in the Ruston community excited about STEM and also expose them to role models from diverse backgrounds,” Evans said. “The Engineering and Science Association, a student group that spans the breadth of our college, will be engaging other student groups from all areas of our college to participate in this outreach.” The Office of Women in Science and Engineering at Louisiana Tech has several programs and initiatives planned related to the recruitment and retention of female and underrepresented minority students and faculty, including a new partnership with the Louisiana Tech SciTEC and the Ruston Market, in which student groups will showcase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities to kids. In addition, Louisiana Tech’s Grand Challenge Scholars program has been specifically recognized and lauded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for graduating a higher than average percentage of female scholars. Written by Brandy McKnight –