I was happy to contribute to this International Business Times piece on why black engineers aren’t being hired in Silicon Valley. It’s an important issue and one that can be addressed at least in part with an adjustment in recruiting tactics. Silicon Valley companies recruit at schools in close proximity to Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech continues to be the largest producer of African-American engineers in the country. We’re proud of the relationships we have fostered with some technology companies (like Intel) but we would love to see a greater recruiting presence here in Atlanta from other companies who are working hard to improve their employee diversity.
On a somewhat related note, I am honored to be the recipient of an exceptional Jury’s Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), which met in Australia this week. The award was presented in recognition of “career-long efforts and achievements in increasing diversity in engineering.”
When it comes to increasing diversity in STEM we still have a long way to go, but thankfully, more attention is being paid to this problem.