Access, Affordability, and Excellence: Preparing students for academic and professional success in a diverse world
Wright State University's College of Engineering and Computer Science established the Center for Equiity in Engineering Education to provide a foundational support system for historically underrepresented groups. From recruitment, retention, and graduation to professional development and civic engagement, the goal of the Center for Equiity in Engineering Education is to increase the number of minority students entering and successfully completing engineering and computer science degrees.
While our programs traditionally assist students from African-American, Native American, and Hispanic backgrounds, as well as women, our support services are available to all students, regardless of ethnicity and gender.
Universities across the country are adopting CECS's curriculum for undergraduate engineers and computer scientists. We are dedicated to implementing innovative approaches that deliver quality education to all members of our student population. We are completely committed to student success. Furthermore, the minority engineering programs are here to support your educational goals, connect you with professional mentors, and help you reach your potential both in the classroom and beyond our educational realms.
Through hands-on and application-oriented learning, our introductory engineering math course, EGR 1010, has received national recognition for successfully increasing engineering student retention, fundamentally transforming engineering education, and removing obstacles that block the path to success.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science's Student Success Center offers academic and co-curricular support services to ensure the success of all CECS students throughout their journey at Wright State. The Student Success Center, located in 280 Joshi Research Center, offers the following:
- Academic Advising
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- Freshman Academic Advantage Program
- Tutoring & Peer Mentoring Program
- Free tutoring for 1000-level courses
As a student, you are our first priority. From your first day on campus through graduation and career placement, we are here to support and provide opportunities for development along the way.
Beyond the classroom experience, CECS offers opportunities to enhance your skills and expand your knowledge base. Whether your interest is in leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, or career placement opportunities, we have the right learning experience to help you meet your professional development needs.
As a student, the following organizations and resources are available to assist your professional development goals:
NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community through service, leadership and cultural diversity. NSBE is comprised of more than 270 chapters on college and university campuses, 75 Alumni Extension chapters nationwide and 75 Pre-College chapters. Members attend the Fall Regional and Nation Conference annually.
Society of Women Engineers is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. The WSU branch of SWE aims to expand the image of the engineering profession while demonstrating the value of diversity. SWE is active in supporting the WSU Trebuchet Competition, Girl Scout Day, and also runs High School Women in Engineering Day. SWE holds regular meeting to which all members of the College are invited.
In addition to enriching the first-class education CECS has to offer, the employer partnerships developed by the Brandeberry Career Development Center support our commitment to advancing students. From internships to professional placement, the BCDC will collaborate with constituents in the Miami Valley, throughout Ohio, and across the nation to provide top-notch opportunities for you.
CECS encourages students to get involved and make a difference. Through our service learning and civic engagement programs, you can further develop your diverse knowledge and skill sets while making a meaningful impact on the Dayton community.
- CECS Dayton Public Partnership Program: Student Ambassadors
- Black Men on the Move
- Dayton Society of Professional Engineers: Math Counts Competition
- Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center
Wright State University's Bolinga Cultural Center provides a variety of special programs, activities, and student services that celebrate diverse African cultural identities while fostering lasting friendships among all people.
As a student, you are provided with competitive scholarship opportunities through the university and with our external partners. The financial assistance of scholarships offers extra support for students who are dedicated to hard work and academic success. Additionally, through the college's research opportunities, you have the opportunity to work alongside world-class faculty while applying the latest technologies and theories related to your major.
- Lois Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
- Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)
Browse Academic Performance Scholarships for Underrepresented Students for more information.
Wright State University's Science, Technology, and Engineering Preparatory Program (Wright STEPP)'s mission is to enhance the development and education of youth underrepresented in the fields of engineering, math, and science. With a goal of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school with the confidence and academic preparation to pursue and earn a bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, Wright STEPP specifically targets students from Dayton Public Schools and Springfield. We even offer full-tuition scholarships to students who complete the program, pursue STEM majors, and fulfill the scholarship requirements.
Pursue a degree in engineering or computer science and be ready for a challenge that results in an exciting, well-paid career that has respect around the world. Pursue an engineering or computer science degree at Wright State University and our Minority Engineering Programs will be here to support you throughout your journey to excellence.
You have what it takes to be successful; we just provide the opportunities and support to help you get there.