April 10, 2015

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) works to enlist more Latino, African American, and American Indian women and men into the engineering field

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President & CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc, Inc. (NACME), recently visited the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) to meet with engineering students receiving scholarships and mentoring support through NACME. The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is a NACME partner organization.

Seaman Anthony Rossiter

  Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail (center left), President & CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), meets with Ernesto Va’zquez-Barquet (center right), President of The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, along with students and faculty during a recent visit to the college.


Since its inception in 1974, NACME has provided $142 million in scholarships and support to 24,000 Latino, African American and American Indian engineering students.  As graduation season approaches, students and parents of the class of 2015 (High School and College) will be thinking about their career prospects. Forbes Magazine recently compiled a list of “The Most Valuable College Majors” based on starting salary, mid-career salary and long term career prospects.


Of the 15 “Most Valuable Majors” 5 are in the engineering field. This is just one of the reasons the organization is working to introduce more Latinos to this field. 

An equally important part of NACME's effort is to get students at the middle and high school levels interested in careers in engineering. They have created a range of materials for students, including “Engineer Something Amazing!,” to be distributed in the schools. The materials are available in Spanish and English.

Obtain information about the exciting things you can do as an engineer at www.nacme.org