The number of STEM jobs is growing so rapidly that there are projected shortages of up to 3.5 million STEM workers in the United States in the next five years. Additionally, STEM fields, particularly engineering, lack diversity with female students and students of color underrepresented in STEM majors and STEM careers. For example, while 25% of the U.S. population are people of color, this group only constitutes 11% of STEM professionals. Similarly, people of color represent 27 percent of the adult population but only 11 percent of STEM professionals Thus, the engineering and workforce development and outreach activities of our Engineering Research Center (ERC) are designed to promote STEM pathways that both increase and diversify the pool of K-12 students seeking STEM careers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Aug 23 2022|
|Event||129th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Excellence Through Diversity, ASEE 2022 - Minneapolis, United States|
Duration: Jun 26 2022 → Jun 29 2022
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