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Top 10 Engineering Schools for Hispanics

September 2005, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine

1. University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
El Paso, TX
(915) 747-5491

Total engineering school enrollment 244
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 67
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 27.5%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 153
Postgraduate degrees earned 36 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 23.5% earned by Hispanics

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has called the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) "a model for other engineering institutions who say that today's minority young people from low-income families can't succeed in a rigorous math- or science-based discipline." Located in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, the school's student population is more than 60 percent Hispanic. Four academic centers for engineers and scientists on campus provide students with access to more than 100 computers as well as an engineering reference library with 600 titles. The centers also serve as clearing houses for information regarding graduate and professional schools, scholarships, research assistantships, and other employment opportunities. UTEP ranks third in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology
College of Engineering
Atlanta, GA
(404) 894-1610

Total engineering school enrollment 3,230
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 156
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 4.8%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 1,091
Postgraduate degrees earned 45 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 4.1% earned by Hispanics

Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic population at Georgia Tech. Thanks in part to a $4.25 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation to fund Hispanic recruitment, retention, scholarships, fellowships, and an endowed chair, Georgia Tech has seen the number of Hispanic students in the freshman class grow 125 percent since 2001. Organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and La Unidad Latina increase the participation of Hispanic students in the technical professions. Georgia Tech is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary research centers. Hundreds of employers, representing a substantial number of Fortune 500 companies, recruit from the school. More than 300 companies attend the annual Georgia Tech Career Fair in September.

3. University of Central Florida
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Orlando, FL
(407) 823-2455

Total engineering school enrollment 1,110
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 81
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 7.3%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 332
Postgraduate degrees earned 18 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 5.4% earned by Hispanics

The school's Minority Engineering & Computer Science Programs Office is committed to improving the recruitment and retention of minorities earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and computer science. The Mentorship Program represents one segment of the retention effort. Scholarships and fellowships for minority students are available. The campus has a student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Out of an enrollment of approximately 5,700 students, more than 12 percent are Hispanic. The school ranks 13th nationally in the number of engineering bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics. Industry partnerships include Lockheed Martin, NASA, Walt Disney Co., Boeing, and Siemens Westinghouse.

4. San Diego State University
College of Engineering
San Diego, CA
(619) 594-6336

Total engineering school enrollment 2,046
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 363
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 17.7%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 69
Postgraduate degrees earned 1 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 1.4% earned by Hispanics

San Diego State University is one of the nation's top universities for degrees awarded to Hispanics. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers hosts events such as "Engineering in the Barrio Summit" to motivate junior high and high school students to become the next generation of engineers. The school's Faculty-Student Mentoring Program provides one-on-one support.

5. Michigan State University
College of Engineering
East Lansing, MI
(517) 355-8332

Total engineering school enrollment 550
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 15
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 2.7%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 204
Postgraduate degrees earned 5
by Hispanics Percent of postgraduate degrees 2.5% earned by Hispanics

Over the past seven years, Sloan Engineering Program initiatives have fostered a 36 percent increase in the enrollment of African-American and Hispanic doctoral students in the College of Engineering while maintaining a retention and graduation rate of over 90 percent. All admitted underrepresented minority citizens and permanent residents are offered full financial support. On-campus organizations include the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Chicana/Latina Women's Support Group, and the Latino Graduate Student Association.

6. Rice University
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Houston, TX
(713) 348-4009

Total engineering school enrollment 1,277
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 105
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 8.2%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 127
Postgraduate degrees earned 4 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 3.1% earned by Hispanics

Rice University's Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics has produced more Hispanic Ph.D.'s in the mathematical sciences than any other university in the country. Faculty members Richard Tapia and Enrique Barrera have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in recognition of their work with minority students. Hispanic students find a welcoming community on campus and in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the country.

7. University of Texas at Austin
College of Engineering
Austin, TX
(512) 475-7390

Total engineering school enrollment 1,582
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 49
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 3.1%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 664
Postgraduate degrees earned 27 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 4.1% earned by Hispanics

The university's membership in the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science offers Hispanic students financial and other support. The college offers courses in Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. On campus, a student chapter of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers welcomes students. The school's alumni network includes more than 500 Hispanic graduates.

8. West Virginia University
College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Morgantown, WV
(304) 293-2121

Total engineering school enrollment 850
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 27
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 3.2%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 104
Postgraduate degrees earned 2 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 1.9% earned by Hispanics

The college's campus lies 200 miles west of Washington, D.C. With close proximity to the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, many research opportunities are available to students. The college recruits Hispanic engineering students through an exchange with Colombia's Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana; an outreach program to Mexico with Professor Victor Mucino; and recruiting trips to Spain, Argentina, and Peru.

9. Iowa State University
College of Engineering
Ames, IA
(515) 294-5836

Total engineering school enrollment 903
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 11
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 1.2%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 414
Postgraduate degrees earned 2 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 0.5% earned by Hispanics

The college builds relationships with Hispanic-serving schools and attends the major Hispanic recruiting events offered by such organizations as Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES). For retention, the college has a program called LEAD (Leadership for Engineering Academic Diversity) that serves all multicultural students, and has active chapters of SHPE and MAES.

10. University of California, Irvine
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Irvine, CA
(949) 824-3562

Total engineering school enrollment 677
Hispanic engineering school enrollment 27
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 4.0%
Total postgraduate degrees earned 212
Postgraduate degrees earned 2 by Hispanics
Percent of postgraduate degrees 1.0% earned by Hispanics

The school is committed to increasing the number of Hispanic engineers in academia and the workforce. Early outreach efforts include a National Science Foundation-funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. The Center for Opportunities and Diversity in Engineering provides free tutoring, peer mentoring, financial assistance for books and research, networking, and career guidance.


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