TECAID is Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity

TECAID ModelTECAID Overview Infographics

In this Infographic (click for a printable PDF) we provide an at-a-glance overview of the model and tools developed to help engineers lead department diversity, equity, and inclusion culture change; as well as examples of the evidence collected from the 5 TECAID participant teams. Please check out our other pages to learn more about the Project and TECAID Teams; evidence of the Project Success and TECAID Team Outcomes and Resources available to assist others in leading DEI project efforts.


TECAID Project Leadership Team

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

  • Gretal Leibnitz (Current PI), Research Consultant, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
  • Diane Matt (Original PI), Past Executive Director, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
  • Aisha Lawrey (Current Co-PI), Director of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • Tom Perry (Original Co-PI), Emeritus 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
Original TECAID PI Interview (40:00)

To learn about TECAID from our original PI’s, please listen to this engaging interview by Liz Litzler (TECAID Evaluator), with Diane Matt (original TECAID PI from WEPAN), Tom Perry (original ASME Co-PI), and Klod Kokini (original Purdue University College of Engineering Co-PI)

TECAID PI & co-PIs Interview Transcript PDF >

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 five 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.

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Join the TECAID Movement!

Although the TECAID project has ended (October 2014 – July 2018), the evidenced-based TECAID MOVEMENT is ONGOING! Check out our RESOURCES to launch your own TECAID project!

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

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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