During Engineers Week, Temple University unveiled plans for a new diversity initiative. The Center for Inclusive Competition in Engineering will help promote student diversity at the school. Dr. Jamie Bracey leads the school's efforts as director for STEM Education, Outreach, and Research, and the founder of Pennsylvania MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement).


"Dean Sadeghipour of the College of Engineering has pledged to support the ASEE's [American Society for Engineering Education] efforts to advance diversity through the newly launched "Inclusive Competitiveness in Engineering" initiative," said Dr. Bracey. "Student retention will also play a key part in engineering's continued growth, and the College is proud to acknowledge student selected recipients of the inaugural C-ICE Awards for diversity and retention."

Dr. Dennis Silage, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 1st Annual Inclusive Competitiveness in Engineering Faculty Award for his active commitment to inclusion, advancement and diversity in engineering.

William Wright-El, Academic Advisor I at the Center for Academic Advising and Student Affairs, received the award for his active support of student retention and success. Wright-El also serves as the advisor for the school's National Society of Black Engineers chapter.