Women and Minority Engineering Programs (WMEP)

The mission of Women and Minority Engineering Programs (WMEP) is to develop and maintain programs that assist in the recruitment, retention, mentoring, job placement and graduation of top quality, underrepresented (Women, African American, Native American and Hispanic) students within the College of Engineering at NC State University. The Office of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering sponsors the WMEP Programs.

Underrepresented students

Programs Offered


Women & Minority Engineering Programs

  • To increase the number of minorities and women entering the College of Engineering
  • To increase the retention rates of minorities and women who enroll in the College of Engineering
  • To increase the graduation rates of minorities and women in the College of Engineering
  • To support K-12 education and outreach activities for minorities and women
  • To create a collaborative environment for all students, faculty and staff that embraces and appreciates diversity in our community of scholars
  • To engage corporate partners and alumni in ways that mutually benefit all parties while supporting minorities and women in the College of Engineering

Programs for Incoming Students


Each year, hundreds of newly admitted female engineers are invited to participate in this summer bridge program, where they interact with female engineering faculty members, visit industry sites and get an early start on their membership in the engineering family.

Minority Engineering Programs Minority Overnight Recruitment Weekend

The Overnight Recruitment Weekend is geared toward admitted students who are interested in learning more about the NC State campus and the rigors of completing an engineering degree. The weekend is held in conjunction with the College of Engineering’s Open House. The Overnight Recruitment Weekend allows students to see first-hand what life as a minority engineering student entails and gain insight into the opportunities available for a successful undergraduate career at NC State University. Prospective students are assigned a host for the weekend and stay in residence halls located on and off campus. Prospective students also attend classes with hosts and participate in a formal evening program that includes a catered meal, student panel and entertainment provided by minority student organizations.

Summer Transition Program (STP)


The Summer Transition Program (STP) is a program that enhances the academic and social maturation of incoming minority engineering freshmen prior to the start of the regular academic year.  STP is held in partnership with the Summer Start Program.  Students electing to participate in Summer Start with STP will enroll in one of the following plus USC 100 and a GEP Course (ex. GC 120, PSY 200 or COM 110):

Chemistry 101 & 102 (Chemistry lecture and lab)

English 101

Mathematics (based on placement exam)

STP is designed to help you learn more about the rigors of completing an engineering or computer science degree while showcasing the support offered via the Minority Engineering Program (MEP). STP offers a Professional Communication Workshop, tutorial support for your Summer Start coursework (Math and Chemistry), social activities, corporate field trips and more. There are several benefits for participating in STP: 1) connect with other minority students admitted to the College of Engineering 2) learn about the support components that make up the Minority Engineering Program 3) connect with College of Engineering alumni via our Professional Communication Workshop and 4) network with industry partners via our Friday Industry Visits 5) introduction to campus resources to support your success while at NC State and finally 6) fun with our planned social activities free of charge for participants.

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Minority Summer Research Program

The Minority Summer Research Program (MSRP) was piloted in the summer of 2015. MSRP is a six-week program designed to provide high-impact research experiences for undergraduate minority students. MSRP aims to increase each student’s research self-efficacy and awareness of prospective research opportunities in both academic and professional settings.

Students complete a week-long Engineering Research Principles course. Students then conduct research and prepare abstracts and posters of their work, which is then presented at the annual MSRP Research Symposium. During the program, students are housed in campus dorms alongside participants in the Summer Transition Program and participate in other STP classes and activities.

Applications are mailed to all admitted minority engineering students in April.

The program being held is dependent on funding and may not be offered each summer.


Programs for Current Students

Taste of Engineering

Each year, the engineering departments come together bringing food and drink that relate to their majors. Students have an opportunity to receive help in choosing a department, discuss jobs versus graduate school, talk about how to pursue undergraduate research, and more . . . all while sampling a wide variety of food offerings!

Dinner Dialogs

Students are invited to have dinner with female faculty members and staff, just to chat, get support and mentoring, and network.

Industry Roundtables

Hundreds of companies vie for the opportunity to meet and network with NC State Engineering students! At the biannual roundtable events, students have a chance to get advice on seeking jobs, making the most of opportunities, transitioning to their first job, and much more, all from industry representatives who are looking to attract NC State students to their jobs!

Tools Workshops

Each semester, students have an opportunity to spend an evening gaining confidence with all the kinds of hand tools that they may use as engineering students. From soldering to saws, from pipettes to breadboards, interesting projects are set up and students flow from one station to another to play and learn.

Student Advancement and Retention Teams (START)

START is an early intervention and peer-mentoring program for freshmen minority engineering students. Students are paired by either major, demographics, or both with an upper-class minority engineering student. START teams meet on a regular basis to discuss issues like what classes to take or how to get an internship. START enables first-year minority engineering students to get off to a “good start.”

E 144 and E 145 (Freshman Orientation Courses)

These professional student development courses are designed specifically for the minority freshmen in the College of Engineering. Fall topics for the E 144* course include time management, social adjustment, expectations, leisure alternatives and test management. Spring topics in E 145* include effective communication, resume writing, interviewing skills, internships, co-operative education and critical thinking.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

WISE is a living and learning community created for first- and second-year women engineers, mathematicians, statisticians and scientists. The program combines a group living experience with resident, upper-class mentors who will assist in the transition to university life. Promoting academic success; fostering the formation of lasting relationships with fellow students, professors and mentors; and providing out-of-class experiences are fundamental components of the program.

*Information about E 115, E 144, E 145 and other courses can be obtained at the Registration and Records’ Class Search.

We Need You!

Many of the programs we offer can’t happen without students like you! We are always looking for students to serve in different roles for our programs, i.e., mentors, counselors and panelists. If you are interested in helping out, just let us know!

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Minority Engineering Programs (MEP)

Angelitha Daniel

Ms. Angelitha L. Daniel
Director, Minority Engineering Programs
College of Engineering
NC State University
237 Page Hall, Campus Box 7904
Raleigh, NC 27695-7904
919.515.3264 or aldaniel@ncsu.edu
Javon AdamsDr. Javon Adams
Diversity Research Coordinator
(919) 515-3263 or jmadams2@ncsu.edu
Kimberly PenderKimberly Pender
Administrative Support Specialist
(919) 515-9635 or kimberly_pender@ncsu.edu

Women in Engineering (WIE)

Dr. BottomleyDr. Laura J. Bottomley
Director, Women in Engineering Programs
College of Engineering
NC State University
243 Page Hall, Campus Box 7904
Raleigh, NC 27695-7904
919.515.3263 or laurab@ncsu.edu

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Dr. Katherine Titus-Becker
Director, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Living and Learning Village
College of Engineering
NC State University
105 Lee Hall, Campus Box 7904
Raleigh, NC 27695-7904
919.513.7611 or katherine_titus-becker@ncsu.edu