Diversity in Engineering

The diversity of the SCU community is its greatest strength.

2016-17 28% Underrepresented Minorities in Undergraduate Programs and 8% Underrepresented Minorities in Graduate Programs

Upholding the values of a Jesuit education, our diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and alums, fosters an environment that fuels intellectual growth, stimulates creative and critical thinking, and nurtures empathy and respect. Learning and working together with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and differences enhances growth and prepares our Bronco engineers for future success, both personally and professionally.

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    Black and Brilliant: Timeline of Inventions

    Throughout history, African-American contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math have been underreported or underrepresented. Through engaging images and captivating information, the Black & Brilliant: Timeline of Inventions illuminates the illustrious contributions of African-Americans to our modern world

Diversity Initiatives

Program mission or purpose:

Upholding the values of a Jesuit education, we strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, fostering an environment that fuels intellectual growth, stimulates creative and critical thinking, and nurtures empathy and respect. Learning and working together with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and differences enhances growth and prepares our Bronco engineers for future success, both personally and professionally.

Key features:

  • Established Engineering Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Required faculty search committee training
  • Target of opportunity hires
  • Workshops on teaching practices that improve inclusiveness and equity in STEM classrooms
  • Bias busting workshops for faculty and staff to facilitate recognition and response to incidents of unconscious/implicit bias (or conscious bias)
  • Workshops to recruit, retain, and improve attitudes of faculty
  • University required discrimination and harassment prevention workshops

Tracking or assessment measures:

  • University Human Resources tracks candidate diversity
  • Women faculty comprise ~30%

Program impacts:

Target population:

Related links:

https://www.scu.edu/engineering/diversity-in- engineering/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/women-in- engineering/

Program mission or purpose:

Upholding the values of a Jesuit education, we strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, fostering an environment that fuels intellectual growth, stimulates creative and critical thinking, and nurtures empathy and respect. Learning and working together with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and differences enhances growth and prepares our Bronco engineers for future success, both personally and professionally.

Key features:

  • SES (summer residential program) and SEEDS (multi-Saturday day program), programs aimed at increasing engineering interest and enrollment from high school age underrepresented groups
  • Support Unity Night Faculty-Student Mixers before Preview Days for admitted students
  • NSBE hosts an outreach program for elementary students (grades 4-6)
  • NSBE and SWE students aid recruitment through calling campaigns
  • SWE outreach through GAINS One Step Ahead program
  • Travel grants for black students to attend Preview Day and Unity events
  • Annual lunch for women admitted students
  • Annual Women in Engineering Dinner for faculty and undergraduates
  • MUSE mentoring program open to all undergraduate engineering students
  • Support for national professional societies
  • Partnership with NCWIT to advance women in IT
  • Funding for attendance at NSBE, SWE, SHPE, GHC conferences
  • Funding for engineering student groups performing outreach
  • Office for Multicultural Learning conducts campus climate survey
  • Office for Multicultural Learning provides transportation for underrepresented students to attend graduate studies fair

Tracking or assessment measures:

  • Annual demographic reports track admittance and retention
  • Undergraduate enrollment in 2016-17: 28% underrepresented minorities, 29% women
  • Graduate enrollment in 2016-17: 8% underrepresented minorities, 39% women

Program impacts:

Target population:

Related links:

https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the- classroom/outreach/summer-engineering- seminar-ses/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the-classroom/outreach/spring-engineering- education-days-seeds/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the- classroom/outreach/one-step- ahead/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/women-in- engineering/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/student-support/mentoring- underrepresented-students-muse/
https://www.scu.edu/engineering/beyond-the- classroom/student-organizations/
https://www.scu.edu/oml/

Our Diverse Faculty and Staff

  • From Nigeria to SCU

    A conversation with Tokunbo Ogunfunmi

    In celebration of Black History Month and National Engineers Week, Aldo Billingslea, SCU’s associate provost for diversity and inclusion, sat down for a chat with the School of Engineering’s first black professor, electrical engineering’s Tokunbo Ogunfunmi.

    • The Internet of You

      Computer engineering Assistant Professor Behnam Dezfouli and senior Angelina Poole are working to enable existing WiFi infrastructures for medical applications, such as an in-home medical monitoring systems, to collect and transmit data in an energy-efficient and timely manner. And Kaiser is interested.

      • Sepehrband Awarded NSF Grant

        With nearly $330,000 in funding from NSF, mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Panthea Sepehrband and a group of undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. students have teamed up with K&S, a leading provider of wire bonding machines, to find out exactly how ultrasonic vibration enables solid-state bonding.

        • Electrical Engineering Adjunct Leads by Example

          The School of Engineering is fortunate to draw top talent from industry as adjunct faculty for our graduate program. Read about Electrical Engineering’s Bob Schaffer, Ph.D., who exemplifies the best in engineering education and the Jesuit tradition of helping others.

          Our Diverse Student Body

          • Delivering the Goods

            Bioengineering undergraduate Grace Ling and Assistant Professor Bill Lu, M.D., Ph.D., are testing a new method of gene therapy that safely delivers DNA to mutated cells without using viruses for transport, as is the current norm.

            • Guarding a Precious Commodity

              A podcast about the importance of breast milk donation led three bioengineering seniors to design, from the ground up, a low-cost paper-based sensor to detect the presence of E. coli in human breast milk donated to breast milk banks.

              • Best Practices Lead to Best Paper

                Manav Jaiswal grew up in India experiencing intermittent electricity availability. At SCU as a graduate student, he created an inexpensive, efficient energy-saving home automation system, and his research also netted him a “Best Paper” award at a prestigious conference.

                  Our Diverse Alumni/Alumnae

                  • The Foundation of It All: Young Engineers

                    Civil engineering alumnus Gabriel Alcantar '08 has helped build Silicon Valley high-rises and the San Francisco 49ers' Levi Stadium, but he is also building the foundation for the next generation of engineers through his generous community service.

                    • Sustaining a Passion

                      As a member of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, Richard Navarro ’10, M.S. ’12 gained the confidence and drive to take on grand challenges. Now he does just that on the job every day as a sustainability engineer for Google.

                      • Well Begun

                        As a civil engineering senior in 2012, Nathan Rogers helped bring sustainable building practices to a small village in Ghana. Now he continues his good work through his NGO dedicated to bringing clean water to Ghana’s poorest rural regions.

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                        School of Engineering
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