Hispanic Business Magazine Names The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Among the Top 10 for Hispanic Students

The Samueli School’s graduate program ranks fourth in the nation

Hispanic Business magazine recently recognized The Henry Samueli School of Engineering as the fourth top engineering school in the nation for Hispanic students.  UC Irvine shares the top 10 list with engineering programs at schools such as the University of Texas at Austin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Center for Opportunities and Diversity in Engineering (CODE) and the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) at the School were established to support minority students in the field of engineering. CODE works to promote and facilitate diversity by providing academic, professional and social support for students, offering a variety of services, including free one-on-one tutoring, academic success and professional development workshops, and a peer mentoring program. 

CAMP, which began at UC Irvine in 1991, is a statewide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, which works to increase the quality and quantity of underrepresented students receiving bachelor’s degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics. CAMP focuses on three different areas: the preparation for university life, academic excellence during college, and careers after graduation. Eight UC campuses currently participate in CAMP.

The Samueli School also has student organizations that work to promote diversity in the field of engineering. For example, the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists was established in 1974 for the purpose of increasing the number of Mexican-Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.

Another student organization supporting diversity is UC Irvine’s chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). By providing mentorship, tutoring, and professional skills, SHPE works to support Latinos in the fields of math, science, and engineering, while increasing the number of Latinos entering these fields.

Overall, Hispanic Business magazine ranked the following engineering graduate programs as the top 10 in the nation for 2007:

(1) University of Texas at El Paso (2) Purdue University (3) University of Florida (4) University of California, Irvine (5) University of New Mexico (6) University of Texas at Austin (7) University of Central Florida (8) University of Oklahoma (9) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (10) Florida Atlantic University

Detailed information regarding this study can be found at:  http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?id=75316.