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Project Title:

Capitalizing on the Diversity of the Science and Engineering Workforce in Industry
PIN: CSEP-Q-07-03-A        

Major Unit:

National Academy of Engineering

Sub Unit: Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy

RSO: Didion, Catherine

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study on how to maximize the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in industries that have a large science and engineering (S & E) component. The committee will develop findings, identify best practices and provide recommendations to guide industry policy makers.
The committee will address the following questions:

(1) What is the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the industrial workforce? Do women and underrepresented minorities hold significant leadership positions? Does this differ by sector? What is the rate of change? Is it sufficient relative to the overall workforce population of women and underrepresented minorities?
(2) What is the typical route of advancement in science and engineering firms? Do the routes of advancement for women and minorities in industry differ from majority men in industry? Have the efforts by industry to recruit greater participation of women and minorities been effective? Do the critical points for advancement in technical careers differ from that of non-technical careers?
(3) What current challenges exist in the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and underrepresented minority scientists and engineers working in industry? Do these challenges differ by S & E sector? Large and small corporations? Research and technical versus business and management? Do corporations and individual scientists and engineers hold the same view?
(4) How do workplace recruitment, retention and advancement policies influence the competitiveness of individual firms in the marketplace? The competitiveness of industrial sectors? Are there exemplars that illustrate this?
(5) How can industrial policies encourage the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities? What works and what does not work? Does one type of policy work better than another ? (e.g., "push" vs. "pull strategies) What are the best practices? Are they distinctive for women? For underrepresented groups? For women of color?
(6) Are there best practices in industry that could be replicated in academia to increase the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and underrepresented groups?

The project is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mars Inc, and National Academy of Engineering.
The approximate start date for the project was December 2007.
A workshop summary will be issued at the end of the project in approximately December 2009. A public workshop is being planned for April 9-10, 2009.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 06/11/2008
 Meeting 2 - 10/22/2008
 Meeting 3 - 11/03/2009


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