Louisiana Tech University's chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers held its first meeting earlier this month. Chapter President Errol Mire said the group will help provide support for Latino students, who are "desperately underrepresented in the STEM fields."
Hispanic women have seen their representation grow in physics and astronomy during recent years, according to an American Institute of Physics report. Still, Hispanic women accounted for just 7% of bachelor's degrees in physics and 13% of bachelor's degrees in astronomy in 2016.
The STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University is working to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math while increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities. The institute emphasizes active learning and uses peers as learning assistants to encourage minorities to get involved in STEM fields.
Syracuse University's Inclusive Excellence Council has helped the New York school create a better dialogue on diversity among students, faculty and staff. The group has helped participants have better conversations about race, discrimination and similar topics, according to Miguel Aguilera, president of the university's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter and a member of the council.
Texas Tech University's decision to stop considering race in admissions for its medical school is likely to reduce enrollment of black and Hispanic students, who already comprise just 4% and 13% of the medical school's enrollment, respectively. "Research shows that banning affirmative action -- eliminating the use of race in admissions -- leads to a decline in the enrollment of those underrepresented students," Adam Harris writes.
Plethora Project Director Jose Sanchez creates video games as educational tools to teach players about architecture. Sanchez, who also teaches at the USC School of Architecture, singled out his work ethic as his most important skill.
Canceling the noise of a jet engine by conventional means would defeat the power of the engine. But a ring developed by a team at Boston University promises to tame the noise using helical channels to produce a sound wave that works in concert with the wave going through the ring's center, leaving the jet's thrust unimpeded.
Scientists at Cornell University have developed biorobots that exhibit many of the characteristics of living organisms. Though they don't qualify as life forms, the machines created using DNA-based Assembly and Synthesis of Hierarchical draw on nearby resources for energy to move autonomously, grow, evolve and then die off.
Heavy weather sea trials of a new type of life raft proved the value of the electrically powered vessel. The LifeCraft by Viking uses a high-thrust electric propulsion system to quickly maneuver the raft to a safe distance from an imperiled ship using electric motors.
There are still opportunities to share your research and expertise at IMECE 2109, Nov. 8-14 in Salt Lake City. Demonstrate your contribution to mechanical engineering at ASME's largest research and development conference by submitting your Presentation-Only abstract (for oral or poster presentation). Many tracks are available and the deadline for submissions is July 22. Learn more.