Broadening participation: Over ten years of outreach within the idetcded community

Charlotte De Vries, Kate Fu, Elizabeth Starkey, Christine Toh, Nicole B. Damen, Shraddha Joshi, Kathryn Jacobson, Brian Sylcott

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Abstract

A core ethos of the engineering discipline is to tackle large, complex problems of central importance to society utilizing a range of technical knowledge and skills. One major barrier to this goal is the lack of diversity in the discipline, leading to a shortage of the talent pool, reduced capacity for innovation, and it can negatively impact the educational experience of engineering students. To respond to this charge, the Broadening Participation Committee (BPart) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering's Design Engineering Division (ASME DED) has conducted a number of activities aimed at fostering a diverse professional community and addressing the needs of people typically under-represented within engineering. This includes professional development workshops, networking sessions, travel funds available for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and micro-grants available for parents with young children. This paper discusses the activities provided by the BPart Committee since 2013, as well as the outcomes and additional initiatives that occurred as a result of the BPart Activities. Examples of such activities include seven professional development workshops, three workshop panels, and seven networking receptions. In the workshop participant feedback, we see some effect when there is a female presenter over a male presenter, but this effect appears to be limited. A discussion on future activities of BPart is presented in order to continue to grow and foster this community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Design Education (DEC)
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791883921
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 17 2020Aug 19 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume3

Conference

ConferenceASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/17/208/19/20

Keywords

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Engineering education
  • Minorities in engineering
  • Women in engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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