TECAID is Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity.

TECAID ModelAnnouncing:
The TECAID Model for Leading Engineering Department Culture Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Hot off the presses and available for downloading on our Resources Page!

TECAID Wins 2017 NSF Video Showcase Facilitator’s Choice Award!

For an overview of the TECAID project, check out this 3 minute, award-wining video! In this overview video we discuss the goals, activities, participants, outcomes, and resources.

TECAID Project Leadership Team

The TECAID Principal Investigators, and the institutions represented, include:

  • Diane Matt (Original PI), Past Executive Director, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
  • Gretal Leibnitz (Current PI), Research Consultant, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
  • Tom Perry (Original Co-PI), Emeritus Director of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • Aisha Lawrey (Current Co-PI), Director of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • Klod Kokini (Original and Current Co-PI) Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, Purdue University

In addition to the PI Team, the TECAID project would not have been possible without the expertise and skill of our Subject Matter Experts The Kardia Group and External Evaluator the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). For best possible results, we believe that all organizational change efforts should be informed by subject matter expertise and evaluation.

TECAID’s Participants

Faculty, chairs, and staff from Mechanical Engineering departments across the U.S.—worked together intensively to gain the knowledge, skills, strategies, and awareness most relevant to advancing inclusion and diversity in the complex academic environment.

TECAID began in October 2014 and is still underway

  • The participant-engagement portion of the project is now complete.
  • The Project Team is currently developing project resources and dissemination materials to share significant project learnings, outputs, and outcomes.
These pages provide background information about the TECAID project. Additional project resources will be shared on this site as they become available.
Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion
and Diversity (TECAID): An Evidence-Based Approach
& Model

February 22, 12:30-1:30pm ET

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Our participation in TECAID provided us with tools and training to start working on [diversity and inclusion] (CLIMATE CHANGE). In hindsight, I realize that before TECAID I was severely lacking in the tools and knowledge for such a change. Now, a new world has been opened up for us, and I can see how this change can happen ... I wish every ME faculty member in the US could attend this!”
– G. Odegard, Michigan Technological University
TECAID is an active program in which you learn about the environment you are in, about yourself and the skills/knowledge you have (and do not) … to create change. To get the most out of the experience, [you] need to be open to learning and …open to seeing the world in other ways.”
– A. Morse, Michigan Technological University, formerly Texas Tech University
These topics are now part of my daily life. I cannot ignore them. That pretty much says it all.”
– B. Gibbons, Oregon State University
[TECAID] is a combination of self-discovery, team-building and skill-learning experience[s] that help with developing support, tools, and allies to engage in [a] culture change initiative. It is not just about the change or activities, it is about building relationship[s], trust and support so that empathy can be developed to motivate change.”
– G. Chiu, Purdue University