Changing the Face of Engineering

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Inside Higher Ed featured a story on Willie Pearson, Jr., who co-edited Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience along with HSTS alum Yu Tao, now assistant professor of sociology and director of gender and cultural studies at Stevens Institute of Technology, and John Slaughter, professor of education and engineering at the University of Southern California and a former director of the National Science Foundation.

The book is a comprehensive history of African-Americans working in the field of engineering and an argument that their continued underrepresentation puts the country at a severe disadvantage. It comprises 15 chapters by a variety of scholars writing from their own unique perspectives.

From the article in Inside Higher Ed:

"“From the time of their arrival in America,” writes John Slaughter in the introduction to Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience (Johns Hopkins University Press), “African-American men and women have contributed significantly to the creation and development of many of the tools, machines and devices that have propelled America’s industrial progress and technological achievements.” They have been, in a word, engineers.

The rest of the article can be read here.

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