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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 extraordinary engineers from historically underrepresented populations.

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, Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES).

The Minority Engineering Program at Purdue University conducts outreach activities that include pre-college programs designed to engage 6th through 10th grade students in both math proficiency and engineering activities during summer engineering workshops. Recruitment activities include various pre-college programs aimed at attracting 11th and 12th-grade students from historically underrepresented groups and exposing them to campus life as an engineering student in three-day to five-week programs. Successful cultural transition from high school to a global university setting is achieved through bridge programs. Incentive and merit awards, academic and personal advising, an Academic Success Center staffed by both graduate and undergraduate students and a freshman orientation course that emphasizes leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills are but a few if the initiatives that makes the Purdue University College of Engineering demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University's Minority Engineering Program continues to raise the bar and has achieved recognition as a benchmark for many other universities.

Visit the Minority Engineering Program website for additional information.