College of Engineering Celebrates Black History Month

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The College of Engineering at The University of Iowa takes great pride in saluting the contributions of its African-American alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The College has long been known for its leadership in ethnic inclusion.

Today the College continues to make enormous efforts towards diversity and inclusion to support the engineering disciplines. 


Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy Members

Photo of Dr. Lilia A. Abron

Dr. Lilia A. Abron

Photo of Archie Alexander

Archie Alexander

Photo of Thomas E. Daniels

Thomas E. Daniels

Photo of Dr. Phillip Hubbard

Dr. Phillip Hubbard

Photo of Dr. Clifford D. Smith

Dr. Clifford D. Smith

Photo of Luther H. Smith

Luther H. Smith

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Debra

Dr. S. Keith

Dr. Leroy
Magwood, Jr.

Dr. Matthew

Dr. Cory B.

Joseph W. J.

Dr. Policarpio





Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering

Recognizing the diversity crisis in engineering, the College initiated the Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering. It formalizes our
effort to directly address national ethnic diversity issues in the engineering discipline.

National GEM Consortium

The College successfully established membership as a GEM institution (National Consortium for Graduate Degrees in Engineering and Sciences). GEM is dedicated to improving diversity in SMET programs at the graduate level.

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

The College was also awarded a Department of Education GAANN Fellowship grant to support ten fellowships to graduate students form underrepresented ethnic groups.

Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Students Association

The award-winning MESA-Iowa City School District Tutoring Program was moved to the College of Engineering in 2003. Faculty and students belonging to the Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Students Association (MESA) take part in a weekly program to help underrepresented and disadvantaged fifth- through twelfth-grade students in the Iowa City Community School District.

National Society of Black Engineers

To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively
impact the community.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of
Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

Dedicated to the professional advancement of Black chemists and chemical engineers.

National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.

Society of Women Engineers

The University of Iowa Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Section is dedicated to supporting undergraduate women in engineering. This is done by creating a network consisting of fellow engineering students and professionals.

Women in Science and Engineering

The mission of the Women in Science and Engineering Program is to expand and improve educational and professional opportunities for women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by facilitating individual, institutional, and social change.