CSULB student groups will host a Diversity in Engineering event on Monday, April 22 to celebrate inclusion and diversity within the College of Engineering and showcase student technical projects.
Running from 6-9 p.m. in the USU Ballroom, the event will feature technical projects from students in all engineering majors, cultural foods, displays, games, and engineering challenges. It is sponsored by the Associated Engineering Student Body and is being organized by the CSULB student chapters of the American Indian Science and Engineers Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES) and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE).
“We wanted to bring our organizations closer together and promote the idea that we’re supportive of inclusion and diversity,” said SASE Chapter President Lyka Gutierrez, a mechanical engineering major who plans to be a maintenance engineer at Boeing Seal Beach after graduation this spring. “We wanted to bridge the gap between all four organizations, and showcase engineering students’ projects to the whole student body.”
Expo presentations are open to all engineering students, as well as those working on senior design projects. Gutierrez said Diversity in Engineering will provide students with a chance to practice presenting their projects to an audience before presenting them to faculty or any other competitions. If you’re interested in presenting your project, sign up here.
Organizers are also offering a free food ticket to the first 100 people who sign up to attend the free event, which is open to students, faculty members, staff, and alumni. The menu will include chicken, egg rolls, fry bread, and pupusas. You can also sign up to receive event updates.
Each sponsoring organization will offer a cultural activity. For example, SASE will provide origami demonstrations and MAES will hold a Lotería game of chance. Attendees will also be able to try out a virtual reality experience. And a four-member panel comprised of students or recent graduates will discuss their experiences with inclusiveness, and how they overcome any challenges they experienced.