The TECAID Story

In 2013, the WEPAN Board of Directors articulated the vision of an inclusive engineering culture that would support the success of women and other groups that are underrepresented in engineering colleges. In 2014, WEPAN began a new collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Purdue University; the Kardia Group; and the Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington. Together, we proposed the Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) project for National Science Foundation funding.

TECAID was funded and launched in October 2014. During the following 2 years (2015-2016), five teams of faculty, chairs, and staff from Mechanical Engineering departments across the U.S. worked intensively with each other, with the project leadership team, and with a team of subject matter experts to gain the knowledge, skills, strategies, and awareness most relevant to changing the complex academic environment. Feedback from TECAID participants revealed significant learning about inclusion and diversity as well as departmental leadership.

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 Small Group PI Interview Transcript PDF >

TECAID Purpose

Develop faculty capacity to build, facilitate and sustain inclusive and diverse department cultures that benefit all participants in:

  • classrooms, labs, and student design groups
  • faculty meetings and hallway conversations
  • underlying department dynamics
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TECAID Strategy

Intensive expert professional development focused on:

  • developing inclusion and diversity awareness, knowledge, team-building and skills
  • understanding and leading academic department change
  • building personal and team leadership capacity
  • working effectively with subject matter experts and allies
  • fostering the emergence and growth of team expertise
  • creating a supportive, ongoing learning community
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TECAID Mechanical Engineering Department Teams
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Oregon State University
  • Purdue University (Use Purdue University-Mechanical Engineering link)
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Oklahoma
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TECAID Team Projects

Each department team:

  • created an inclusion and diversity-oriented project relevant to their own institutional context
  • developed and refined their projects using various TECAID strategies and concepts
  • identified strategies for achieving their goals in consultation with TECAID subject matter experts and colleagues
  • shared project plans, built alliances with university colleagues and external organizations, and implemented their projects
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TECAID Project Leadership Team

Representatives from:

  • Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN )
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME )
  • Purdue University
  • University of Washington Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE), project evaluator

Working in close collaboration with:

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