- UMBC | College of Engineering & IT (COEIT)
- Morgan State University | School of Engineering
- University of Maryland College Park | Clark School of Engineering
- Johns Hopkins University | Whiting School of Engineering
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC): Classified as a Doctoral University-Higher Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation, UMBC is recognized nationally as a leader in promoting inclusiveness in graduate education. U.S. News & World Report has named UMBC the #1 up and coming national university in the country for three years in a row. Undergraduate: 11,243; Graduate: 2,596. The College of Engineering and IT (COEIT) offers 13 areas of study, has 3487 undergraduate students, and 1123 graduate students. Research focus areas include security, health, energy, and the environment. COEIT has among its strategic goals to increase the number of tenure-track faculty and continue to build a diverse world-class faculty, and to foster diversity and a climate of inclusive excellence.
Morgan State University: Morgan State is Maryland’s Public Urban University, with the responsibility of addressing the needs of residents, schools, and organizations within the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. An HBCU, Morgan accounts for large percentages of degrees received by African-Americans from Maryland institutions. The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering has earned an outstanding reputation of academic excellence in preparation of undergraduate and graduate students since its inception in 1984. The School of Engineering has fully accredited undergraduate programs in Civil; Electrical and Computer; and Industrial, Manufacturing and Information Engineering and graduate programs that offer the Master of Engineering, Doctor of Engineering, and Master of Transportation.
University of Maryland College Park (UMCP): UMCP is the flagship campus for Maryland, classified by Carnegie as a Doctoral University- Highest Research Activity. Programs in STEM fields ranked nationally. UMCP has been recognized as a leading source of URM Ph.D.s in mathematics, computer science, the physical sciences, and engineering. Undergraduate: 27,443; Graduate: 10,697. College Park’s A. James Clark School of Engineering has several dual degree programs with other universities in Maryland, and is ranked among the top 20 in the world. The Clark School leads research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity.
Johns Hopkins University: Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university. Hopkins is made up of nine academic divisions plus the Applied Physics Laboratory. The faculty and students study, teach, and learn in and across more than 240 programs. The Whiting School of Engineering has 19 full-time degree programs in 9 academic departments. With nearly 6,000 students, the Whiting School has 163 academic faculty (including biomedical engineering appointments made through the school of medicine) 29 research faculty, 29 teaching faculty, and 44 associated research scientists and engineers.
A History of Connections Within and Between the Four Institutions and the External Partners
UMBC, College Park, Johns Hopkins, and Morgan State have a history of interacting with one another through several engineering diversity initiatives within and outside of Maryland. The schools also have intersecting connections to our external partners. These include connections between College Park, Johns Hopkins, and UMBC at meetings of the National GEM Consortium, including collaboration on GEM Grad Labs in 2014 and 2015. On an international level, UMBC and Morgan State participated in 2016 World Engineering Education Forum diversity initiatives in Korea, and UMBC and College Park participated in activities of the 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council in Australia. Within the U.S., we are working with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), the Bill Anderson Fund (BAF), and the Southern Regional Education Board Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute for Teaching and Mentoring (SREB Compact). Internationally, we have partnerships for this institute with the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI, which includes the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico), the World Engineering Education Forum, and the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies which includes the Global Engineering Deans Council. UMBC, UMCP, Johns Hopkins, and Morgan State have varying levels of memberships and affiliations with each of these entities. As examples of the connections, UMBC, UMCP, and Johns Hopkins are members of the 43-institution CIRTL Network. UMCP participates in the CIRTL AGEP, and UMBC and Johns Hopkins serve on a strategic goals committee for STEM faculty diversity as part of the CIRTL INCLUDES. Engineering deans from UMBC and UMCP are members of the GEDC. UMCP and Morgan State are connected to the BAF through the past NSF work of Bill Anderson. UMBC has hosted scholars from College Park and Morgan State within its cohort at the SREB Compact, and sponsored engineering students from College Park at Grand Challenges events of the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) at conferences of LACCEI. UMBC, College Park, Johns Hopkins, and Morgan State have also contributed to connecting Maryland’s URM STEM future professors to others in the nation through supporting the participation of students at the SREB Compact. Given the success of the PROMISE AGEP with stimulating interest in the professoriate to date, we are looking closely at models that will attract diverse engineering faculty candidates to Maryland, as well as a models within the state that will allow us to “grow our own.”