“The need for talented individuals in STEM fields has never been greater. Diversity drives innovation and that its absence imperils our designs, our products, and, most of all, our creativity—all components of competitiveness. Increasing diversity in STEM opens the doors for new approaches to solving problems and allows for new ways of thinking and, therefore, the potential for greatness,” says NACME President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.
In addition to NACME's role as the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for underrepresented minority students in engineering, we have forged collaborations with other non-profit organizations to provide pre-engineering study preparation and experiences for public school and community college students and has become a leading source of research results and policy analysis regarding the participation of African Americans, Latinos and American Indians in engineering education and careers.
As a consequence of our programs and activities, which span the spectrum from middle school to workforce entry, NACME is able to fulfill its value proposition of creating opportunities for underrepresented minority youth to receive a strong education in the STEM disciplines, encouraging them to pursue engineering study, providing support for their efforts, and ensuring the successful graduate access to a potentially exciting and rewarding career.