The Westin Arlington
Materials Science & Engineering
Statistics very clearly show that academic participation in and employment of ethnic and racial minorities in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is statistically very low.
The workshop’s primary focus will be on issues that affect ethnic minority retention and long-term success in MSE, from the undergraduate level and preparation for graduate school, through graduate school, and beyond to success in the workforce—both in academia and in national labs. The workshop will bring together the most influential administrators of MSE departments at universities and national laboratories; Deans of a number of engineering colleges; political leaders; social scientists; psychologists and members of the community with the knowledge to comment on the key issues; NSF and DoE staff and administrators; and minority scientists at various stages of their careers. The workshop will consist of a series of keynote speeches, topical talks, panel-led discussions, and working breakout groups to identify the underlying challenges and provide recommendations for policy changes to address the problem.
The immediate goal of the workshop is to surface and identify issues and challenges that have minimized minority participation in MSE; the longer-term goals are to continue forward by gathering and disseminating data, launching and tracking initiatives to mitigate this problem, and increasing the number of minorities pursuing degrees and careers in MSE. The larger goal, however, is to create over time an ever-increasing number of minority role models in science fields who will, in turn, draw others in to contribute to the workforce of the future.