"ASME has relationships with mechanical engineering leaders and WEPAN has relationships with diversity leaders. Having a presence for TECAID in the WSKC under WEPAN's leadership brings these groups together in a meaningful way."

Tom Perry, Director, Engineering Education, ASME



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Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity
NSF EEC #1445076

PIs: Diane Matt (WEPAN), Tom Perry (ASME), Aisha Lawrey (ASME), Klod Kokini (Purdue)

TECAID, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will support five U.S. Mechanical Engineering (ME) departments to advance diversity and build inclusive environments for students, faculty, and staff.

  • TECAID is a valuable opportunity to engage with experts on academic change leadership and diversity/inclusion.
  • TECAID will support efforts to attract and retain women and under-represented minority (URM) students and faculty in ME programs and departments.

TECAID will provide support for efforts in ME departments to create and sustain inclusive interactions and cultures that benefit all participants – in classrooms and labs, in student design groups, in faculty meetings and hallway interactions, and in underlying department dynamics. This support will be in the form of intensive professional development, expert consultation, and a facilitated virtual learning community to participating ME department leaders and faculty.

Applications Closed Feb. 13, 2015


Selection Announcement: February 20, 2015.

Five ME departments will be selected from applications. In the application, each department will identify a project team of 4 to 5 individuals who will work together on a chosen change project that will be enacted over the course of the 18-month program. The strongest teams will include the department chair, associate chair, and several influential faculty members who are committed to improve diversity and inclusion related to race, gender, and other social identities—and professional development for academic change leadership. This type of team composition is very important to achieve the faculty-led change process that TECAID is designed to support.
The effectiveness of this collaborative journey of ME Departments and TECAID experts necessitates participation in a series of three 3-day workshops (listed below), plus virtual learning community interaction, and follow-up together and with TECAID experts in between workshops—all directly focused on supporting departmental teams as they work to improve the diversity and inclusion environments of their ME programs. Please read the Detailed Project Description for more information.

Workshop Schedule: (Locations to be announced; travel support provided)


Spring - April 16-18, 2015 - Workshop #1

Awareness-building for ME departments – theory, research, experience

Fall - October 1-3, 2015 - Workshop #2

Hands-on prioritizing of change goals and change-planning for ME departments

Winter - February 25-27, 2016 - Workshop #3

Strategies and tactics for testing and implementing change