The Right Way to Hire and Retain Minority Engineers

There’s no shortage of talented minority engineers. Experts weigh in on how to find and keep them

3 min read
Photo by Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

imgPhoto: Getty Images

The United States is losing a significant number of qualified minority engineers. Nonwhite and non-Asian engineers are leaving the field at a higher rate than others, according to the National Science Foundation. The NSF found that in 2013 (the latest year for which data are available), for those with graduate-level degrees, 10 percent of so-called underrepresented minority men and 17 percent of underrepresented minority women were working in a job unrelated to engineering, compared to 8 percent of white men and 11 percent of white and Asian women.

Keep Reading ↓Show less

This article is for IEEE members only. Join IEEE to access our full archive.

Join the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and applied sciences and get access to all of Spectrum’s articles, podcasts, and special reports. Learn more →

If you're already an IEEE member, please sign in to continue reading.

Membership includes:

  • Get unlimited access to IEEE Spectrum content
  • Follow your favorite topics to create a personalized feed of IEEE Spectrum content
  • Save Spectrum articles to read later
  • Network with other technology professionals
  • Establish a professional profile
  • Create a group to share and collaborate on projects
  • Discover IEEE events and activities
  • Join and participate in discussions

Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

11 min read
Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

Keep Reading ↓Show less