Diversity in Engineering

Renowned inventor Dean Kamen once described the engineering profession in the United States as “pale, male, and gray.” But in recent years, engineering associations, employers, educators, and many others have been focusing on expanding the profession’s diversity. NSPE’s goal is to create a diverse and welcoming environment for everyone interested in the licensed practice of engineering.

Here are additional resources on diversity in engineering.

NSPE’s Policy

NSPE proactively encourages diversity in all areas of the engineering profession and within the organization.

NSPE Professional Policy No. 174: Diversity

More on This Issue

PE Articles

Underrepresentation, Discrimination Persist In STEM Workplace, Study Finds (March/April 2018)

NSPE Adopts New Policy on Diversity (September/October 2017)

Diversity and Equity Get a Place in Civil Engineering Code of Ethics (September/October 2017)

Female Mentors Make a Difference (July/August 2017)

Crossing the Line: As engineering attempts to attract more women, the profession must address critical cultural issues. Sexual harassment is one. (May/June 2017)

Bias in the Engineering Workplace: Despite progress, the engineering workplace can still be a very trying experience for women and people of color. (May/June 2017)

In Focus: Can Title IX Change STEM Culture? (May/June 2017)

New Initiative Launches to Increase Number of Black Engineers (November/December 2016)

A Different Type of Program Achieves Different Results: A Majority of Women (September/October 2016)

Study: Less Recognition for Women Researchers (March/April 2016)

Changing Faces: More Hispanics are graduating with engineering degrees. The fastest-growing population offers the US talent to help meet workforce needs, but is enough being done to tap its members’ potential? (January/February 2013) 

Heading for the Exit: The pool of women engineers has increased, but many of them are leaving the profession. Why? (November 2011)


Other Resources

Listen to the podcast. This episode of NSPE Speaks discussed the May/June 2017 feature package and included a bonus interview with an undergraduate student studying sexual harassment in engineering.

Join the conversation: NSPE members discussed the May 2017 “Worrisome Workplace” feature package on Communities.

Read the feedback: PE magazine featured responses to the feature package.