Diversifying the Engineering Workforce

  title={Diversifying the Engineering Workforce},
  author={Daryl E. Chubin and Gary S. May and Eleanor L. Babco},
  journal={Journal of Engineering Education},
Engineering, education to workplace, is not just about technical knowledge. Rather, who becomes an engineer and why says much about the profession. Engineering has a “diversity” problem. Like all professions, it must narrow the gap between practitioners on the one hand, and their clientele on the other; it must become “culturally competent.” Given the current composition of the engineering faculty and the profession's workforce more generally, it behooves engineering education to diversify… 

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