The Minority Engineering Program at Purdue University was initiated in 1974 as one of several initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion in the College of Engineering. Purdue’s Minority Engineering Program is committed to engineering research and knowledge sharing with the international community through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Although we strive to attract students from historically under-represented groups, namely African American, Hispanic American, and Native American; our programs are open to all. MEP has been the key to Purdue’s successful graduation of more than 2,700 engineering under-representated minority students to date. It is because of this success that other colleges and universities across the country have adopted Purdue’s Minority Engineering Program model.

Mission

To advance engineering learning, discovery, and engagement in fulfillment of the Land Grant promise through outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students in their pursuit to become extraordinary Purdue engineers.

Objectives:

  • To identify metric-driven strategies to increase the participation of historically underrepresented domestic students in engagement, learning, and discovery activities about engineering
  • To encourage interest, recruitment, enrollment, and matriculation of underrepresented domestic students in engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • To provide programs that increase K-12 focus on mathematics, science, and engineering and inspire students to learn how they can use these tools to serve humanity, improve the quality of life, and make the world a better place
  • To create an environment that fosters the celebration of cultural diversity across all engineering disciplines and promotes global learning opportunities
  • To provide metrics and publications that stimulate collegial and corporate dialogue to champion the national effort to achieve workforce diversity and inclusion