IUPUI’s Minority Engineering Advancement Program Finds Partner to Advance Goals about STEM Studies and Careers
March 30, 2017
The School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has announced that its Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP) and the Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis (MEPI) have agreed to work together to increase under-represented students’ exposure and engagement in STEM-related studies and professions.
“We are delighted to partner with the Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis as we share mutual interests in this endeavor,” explained David J. Russomanno, dean of IUPUI’s School of Engineering and Technology. “We will leverage our complementary strengths and resources to better serve and benefit students through both industry experience and exposure to a research academic institution.”
MEPI provides students with a rich, industry-led applied engineering and science experience while MEAP provides students with an applied engineering, science and technical experience from an academic perspective. MEPI engages students from autumn to spring and MEAP works with students during the summer. With the programs having similar goals and missions, the new partnership will provide a year-round, holistic experience for students. This includes access to industry and academic experts, laboratories, and technical and research resources.
The programs plan to coordinate activities that complement each program and are focused on increasing student enrichment. These will include the opportunity to enroll in both programs, and students meeting requirements will have enrollment and scholarship opportunities at IUPUI. The School will host an open house for participants in the programs each year. The programs plan to share mentoring, counseling and facilitator resources when appropriate as well as metrics for continuous program improvements. Relevant fund raising opportunities to support joint activities also will be explored.
About the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:The mission of the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is to be one of the best urban university leaders in the disciplines of engineering and technology recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The school's goal is to provide students an education that will give them the leverage to be leaders in their communities, industry and society.