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Volume 4, Issue 6, June 2013 , By Rahul Mukherjee
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International Journal of Advancements in Research & Technology
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Increasing Diversity bringing sublime changes in Engineering
Pedagogy
Rahul Mukherjee

Scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds, interests, and cultures can produce better scientific and
technological results, as well as ensure the best uses of varied technologies & to obtain those results.

Earlier, the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported some positive news in its 1998 report on Women,
Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (1999):
 In last two decades the world had seen drastic changes & advancements in the engineering domain
pertaining to various diversities.
 The number of students enrolled and earning undergraduate science and engineering degrees continues
to increase.
 Between 1982 and 1994, the percentage of students taking basic and advanced math courses doubled.
In the U.S. and abroad, calls abound for attracting students to engineering in high school, for providing
incentives to students to complete their engineering degrees, and for increasing funding for engineering
programs. Why? The argument is simple: we face unprecedented global challenges and opportunities, from the
need for clean water and clean energy to fighting cyber terrorism. These challenges demand new ideas, and one
obvious approach is simply to increase volume. After all:
More engineers = More innovation
In some sense, this equation is hard to dispute. But it misses an equally powerful possibility:
More diverse engineers = More innovation
In other words, responding to the economic, social and environmental challenges of the coming century will
take more than increased number of engineers. It will require a more diverse population of engineers which will
pertain a dedicated & logical approach to the upcoming challenges.
Diverse perspectives are critical for addressing the multi-disciplinary, global problems we face. Furthermore,
research shows that diverse teams are more creative and more effective. If we want to adequately address the International Journal of Advancements in Research & Technology
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world’s problems, we need to have a more diverse set of people pursuing engineering. So perhaps it’s time to
rethink what we mean by diversity.
Diversity is important, and so is a renewed commitment to career and technical education programs at the
secondary and post-secondary level. This has been shown to not only improve student achievement but also
help bridge emerging economic skills gaps.

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