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Minority Engineering Program

Since its inception in the early 1970s, the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) office at Purdue University has developed and successfully implemented various recruitment and retention initiatives geared toward increasing the number of engineering graduates from historically underrepresented groups.

Open to all, this program focuses on students who have not traditionally pursued engineering and science. The harvest of embracing diversity and developing the technical expertise housed within the life experience and rich heritage of our nation is dynamic leadership with tremendous global impact.

Four key organizations share in the MEP commitment to diversity: The National Society of Black Engineers, (NSBE) founded at Purdue in 1975; The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES); and a new student organization launched in 2009, the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES).

Purdue outreach activities include pre-college programs designed to engage 6th through 10th grades in engineering activities during summer engineering workshops. Recruitment activities include various pre-college programs aimed at attracting 11th-grade and 12th-grade students by exposing them to campus life in three-day to five-week programs. Retention activities consist of bridge programs developed to assist undergraduate engineering students in transitioning from high school to First-Year Engineering and from First-Year Engineering to their professional engineering school; incentive and merit awards for undergraduate engineering students; academic and personal advising; a tutorial center staffed by both graduate and undergraduate students; a freshman orientation course that emphasizes problem solving, leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Purdue University's Minority Engineering Program has achieved recognition as a benchmark for many other universities.

Visit the Minority Engineering Program website for additional information.