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“Cutting across our commitments to learning, discovery and engagement is recognition of the pressing need to enhance the role of women and underrepresented minorities at all levels, from freshman students to senior faculty and staff.” – David B. Williams, Dean

For our students and their parents:

Engineering diversity programs at Ohio State work closely with some of the country’s largest and most active engineering professional organization student chapters to build a strong supportive community.  Some of our partner organizations include:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Lambda Psi (Minority Engineering Student Honorary)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

We also offer a variety of student-centric academic and social enrichment programs that feature peer mentoring and mentoring by working professional engineers.

For our faculty:

Access to diversity focused K-16 outreach programs for broader impact activities in research proposals.  Our Minority Engineering Program (MEP) and Women in Engineering (WiE) program have sustained partnerships with Central Ohio schools.  Featured programs include:

  • STEM clubs in Columbus Public Schools for middle school and high school students
  • FIRST Robotics teams in several local high schools
  • Underwater robots team; and
  • Many other programs

For our industry partners:

The benefits of a sustained partnership include:

Workforce development:

  • Recruit from one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive engineering programs.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with diversity outreach, recruitment, and professional development programs.
  • Increased brand awareness and early identification among engineering undergraduate and graduate students; and
  • Assistance with identifying and making meaningful and sustained connections with scholarship recipients.

Helping Companies Get Connected:

Collaborating with Ohio State's engineering diversity programs ensures that your recruiting trips to campus are spent with students who best meet your hiring and diversity expectations.

Diversity by the Numbers

Ohio State is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse and talented students who excel in the engineering curriculum.  As a diversity program partner, you will have access to top students from all over the country.

  • Underrepresented minorities and women make up nearly 33 percent of the 2011 engineering freshman class (1,571).
  • More than 75 percent of women and minority engineering students have an ACT score ranging from of 26 – 30 (national average score is 21.1) and are in the top quartile of their graduating class.
  • Ohio State ranks among the country’s top producers of diverse engineering graduates with an increase of 7% women and 18% minority graduates since 2009.

Ohio's STEM Ability Alliance

Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance is focused on increasing the quality and quantity of students with disabilities that earn post-secondary degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). OSAA is funded by a grant through the National Science Foundation to an alliance of Ohio institutions, including Wright State University, The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and Sinclair Community College. OSAA also partners with regional public schools, STEM industries, and government partners who work together to meet OSAA goals.

Project CEOS

The goal of Project CEOS is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers through research-based interventions that transform the workplace culture. These interventions will increase women’s participation in the scientific and engineering workforce at Ohio State. Participating colleges include Biological, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences; Engineering; and Veterinary Medicine.

Learn more about about Ohio State's universitywide diversity initiative.

To learn more about ways your company can connect with our underrepresented minority students, please contact assistant dean Minnie McGee at

To learn more about ways your company can connect with our female students, please contact program director Glenda La Rue at

To learn more about how your company can connect with our faculty about their diversity-related activities, please contact associate dean Mary Juhas at