Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 2003

Minority Intro To Engineering (MITE), National Society of Black Engineers National Conference (NSBE), Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)




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University of Missouri-Rolla School of Engineering

Principal Investigator

Floyd Harris
Minority Engineering Program
University of Missouri-Rolla
212 ERL
Rolla, MO 65409

p(573) 341-4212
f(573) 341-4890

Student Involvement

(See project abstract below.)

Project Objective

To promote diversity and increase the number of minority graduates entering our nation's engineering and science workforce. To support the national science and mathematics educational agenda by ensuring that all students are mathematically and scientifically literate so they can play a leadership role in an increasingly technical world.

Project Abstract

  1. Minority Intro To Engineering (MITE) 2004 Summer Camp, June 20 -- 25, 2004: Our goal is to recruit 40 students to participate in the program. The one-week program is designed to enable minority (African American, Hispanic American, and Native American) students who will be juniors and seniors during the 2004-05 school term to obtain a clear picture of engineering as a profession. Students become acquainted with various fields of engineering and science and with the demand faced in these fields by practicing engineers and scientists. Another goal is to acquaint students with the type of effort required for college study.

  2. National Society of Black Engineers National Convention, March 17-24, 2004, in Houston, Texas: MEP staff members will participate in the Career and Graduate School fair during the convention. With over 12,000 students attending the event each year it is an excellent opportunity to recruit minority students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The goal is designed to increase the awareness, participation, and excitement surrounding graduate school and the pursuit of higher education. Through the careful integration of planned events, students and professionals can learn about higher education opportunities and resources. Several new activities have been incorporated into the agenda that are designed to promote higher education, increase student participation, and emphasize academic and technical excellence.
  3. Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA): To provide enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering, and science for underrepresented students in grades K-12 in Missouri through the use of exemplary materials and instructional approaches. Missouri MESA will accomplish its mission through a partnership of higher education, university, business, and government, as well as school districts, community organizations, families, and alumni. Activities such as peer tutoring and mentoring, field trips to colleges, industry, research laboratories, museums, and science centers, career and guidance counseling, leadership training, summer academic programs, internships and research opportunities, scholarships, and teacher professional development are offered.

Anticipated Benefits

An increase in the following:

  • The number and diversity of minority students in America's science/engineering workforce;
  • The mathematical and scientific literacy of students entering the workforce; and
  • The overall ability of minority students to take leadership roles in the technical world.

It is UMR's goal to increase the number of minority students it enrolls. These programs are the beginning of the pipeline that will assist the campus in yielding this increase.


Modal Orientation

Student recruitment


Project Start Date:08/01/2003
Project End Date:07/31/2004

Relationship to other Research/Projects


Technology Transfer Activities

High school minority students will participate in activities designed to expose them to the experiences available in the technically-focused atmosphere of UMR; MEP staff members will participate in a recruitment/career fair event; K-12 minority students will be exposed to enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering, and science.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Education, minority program.