It is no secret that HBCUs have produced many great professionals in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Time and again support for HBCU programs has come in from many corporate, government and non-profit organizations, especially for HBCU Engineering Programs. These organizations have offered help and assistance in many ways. A survey was conducted to acknowledge the support of these organizations towards the HBCU Engineering Programs. Here are the survey results of ‘Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering Programs 2014′
A survey was conducted by Career Communications Group (CCG) to ascertain the top supporters for HBCU Engineering Programs. The deans of 14 ABET-accredited HBCU Engineering Institutions were asked to name top 10 organizations who supported them in their missions. Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) were also asked for their opinion.
The following factors were considered to judge the top supporters:
- Support for infrastructure improvement.
- Support for R&D and teaching projects.
- Participation in advisory groups
- Providing teacher’s development opportunities
- Scholarship assistance
- Student projects, payments, co-ops etc.
- Career opportunities
Based on the contribution in the above mentioned fields, a ‘Top Supporter’ list was created.
The results of the survey brought forth the names of more than 80 public and private sector players in America who have come in support of HBCU’s. Here is a list of top 10 contenders in different sectors.
Top 10 Government & Non-Profit Supporters of HBCU Engineering Programs
- Department Of Energy
- National Science Foundation
- Army Corps Of Engineers
- Department Of Education
- Missile Defense Agency
- US Army Research Office
- Department Of Homeland Security
Top 10 Corporate Supporters of HBCU Engineering Programs
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- The Boeing Company
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Raytheon Company
- Chevron Corporation
- Shell Oil Company
- Exxon Mobil Corporation
- Alabama Power Company
Why Do We Need To Recognize The Supporters Of HBCU Engineering Programs?
HBCU Engineering programs have created a league of very talented African-Americans. The Executive Order, signed by President Obama clearly highlights the importance of HBCUs in shaping these talented men. Recognizing the supporters of HBCU Engineering Programs does three things. One it helps encourage the supporters on a national platform. Two, it creates better job opportunities for young African-American engineering graduates. This holds true especially regarding opportunities in STEM fields. Three, it helps HBCU’s who are looking for support in terms of ‘whom’ to look for.
For more information about the survey visit Career Communications Group’s article in the Black Engineer Publication.