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Minority Engineering Program Est. 1974

The "We Support Black Engineers" Campaign was curated to celebrate and show support for Purdue University's College of Engineering Black students, faculty, staff and alumni. To engage with those who have taken part, please click here

Virginia Booth Womack named one of IBJ's 2020 Women of Influence

Congratulations to Virginia Booth Womack, on behalf of the Minority Engineering Program's staff, students, alumni and friends, for being awarded as a 2020 Indianapolis Business Journal Woman of Influence.

This award recognizes women who have risen to the highest levels of business, the arts, and community and public service in central Indiana. 

Introducing the Indianapolis Business Journal's Class of 2020 Women of Influence


The Minority Engineering Program remembers the legacy of Dr. Delores Cooper Shockley

Dolores completed her early education at Booker T. Washington in Clarksdale, Mississippi until the tenth grade. She left home to attend Mary Holmes College, a private high school for black girls, located in West Point, Mississippi. After graduating in 1947, she enrolled in Pharmacy school at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she earned her B.S. in 1951 and was number one in her class. She continued her education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she received her M.S. in 1953, and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1955 at the age of 25. Dr. Shockley was the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in any discipline from Purdue University. Dr. Shockley was the first black woman in the United States to receive a Ph.D. in Pharmacology.

Read more about Dr. Shockley