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)
Develop faculty capacity to build, facilitate and sustain inclusive and diverse department cultures that benefit all participants in:
Intensive expert professional development focused on:
Each department team:
Working in close collaboration with: