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ASNE needs you to Broaden Participation in Engineering

Organizing & Expanding Mentoring through Synergy & Heart


ASNE is planning to create greater coherence between our mentoring efforts through a five-year Broadening Participation in Engineering proposal. PEP homepage or email us today!

The proposed Maritime Engineering Mentoring & Experiences (MEME) program will connect young engineers in high school, college and early career to mentors that are at the next stage in the STEM pathway as well as diverse national experts. This hub will ensure there are academic supports for these mentoring experiences to ensure that these interactions not only provide agency and role models, but boost self-efficacy in reading for information, mathematics, science classes and the engineering design process. By partnering with technology companies, we can ensure these efforts are scaled nationally while being easy to access. This program will be transparent, welcoming and publish regular to support our partners and the broader STEM community.


Understanding NSF's Broadening Participation in Engineering

This National Science Foundation grant program has four tracks to encourage long-term improvements in the diversity across engineering disciplines. In their words, "The BPE program seeks to strengthen the future U.S. Engineering workforce and catalyze research innovation by enabling the participation of all citizens in STEM, thus reflecting the diversity and true intellectual capacity of the Nation's population."

We are focused on the new Track 3 which focuses on creating Inclusive Mentoring Hubs, abbreviated "IMHubs". The heart of a successful IMhub is investigating promising approaches by building of previous mentoring and STEM-accessibility research. Their vision is to create a mentoring program that allows everyone interested to participate and build from this foundation. We think ASNE free outreach tools and strong mentoring network creates the type of firm foundation that they seek. According to the RFP:

An IMHub is expected to offer free access to mentoring and networking opportunities; provide professional development programs for members to participate in; and coordinate institutional and organizational involvement in order to curate, develop and expand mentoring programs. IMHub activities could include participation in curriculum-based modules focused on engineering as a career; grant writing (NSF proposal preparation); entrepreneurship; transitioning between academia and industry (or government); and mentor/mentee training and skills development. IMHub activities may also include structured individual professional development (IPD) assignments for those who plan to enter, or who have recently entered, the engineering workforce or academia (such as engineering graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career faculty). Although IMHUbs proposals can leverage or build upon existing mentoring resources, it is recommended that such activities also be creative, innovative and distinct in their approach.


Overview of ASNE's Proposal

ASNE has been focusing energy on mentoring programs through our symposia, NEJ, PEP and FLEET; now we are creating a vertical mentoring connections from high school through engineering leaders of diverse backgrounds. We are calling on our members and industry partners to commit to becoming mentors for early-career professionals and/or collegiate engineers. We are engaging out PEP mentors/professors to engage with industry mentors and provide updates and engineering insights for high schools. These high schools will be engage in naval engineering through FLEET and directly engage with collegiate and professional mentors directly, through social media, and via print resources.

In particular, we are building a proposal to tie together these stakeholders in an inclusive engineering profession.

  • High Schools and Students; (see the High School Section)
  • K-12 Educators and Practitioners; (see the High School Section)
  • University and College students, faculty and leaders; (see the Colleges Section)
  • Small Businesses and Industry Professionals; (see the Mentors Section)
  • Retired naval engineers looking to give back (see the Mentors Section).

If you would like to see the LOI we pulled together in early December, please click here.


How Professionals and Organizations can engage with MEME

We need more mentors, and we also would welcome more partners that can help improve the scale of this initiative. We are reaching out to social media platforms and other networking methods to create a strong connection between all mentors and mentees involved. We know that many of corporate supporters also have active mentoring groups that engage K-12 students. If you would like to explore how your company could support this effort, please email our grant development team.

Benefits for joining the MEME network:

  1. This research-focused mentoring program will contribute greatly to knowledge of mentoring at different critical periods of an engineer's development.
  2. You will directly engage with students and young professionals that are passionate about engineering, and in need of your guidance.
  3. This network will support your mentoring with educational components and scalable technology to maximize your impact.


How K-12 Schools and Students can engage with MEME

Our mentors will be able to share our free video game, FLEET, with your classroom so you can engage in standards-aligned engineering education. These mentors will also share their journeys in live presentations and through reading texts that are curated with text-based questions as seen in SAT/ACT exams. We will give your students access to these nationally-reknowned veteran engineers and near-peer collegiate mentors. These mentoring experiences will include pre- and post-academic activities that will allow students to synthesize these messages with their life experiences through writing activities. Given the national outreach of our collegiate outreach and our symposia programs, we can also provide free access to professional, aspirational engineering experiences (see Past ASNE Symposia for examples).

Benefits for joining the MEME network:

  1. Connection to collegiate engineering teams to provide near-peer support of students considering engineering.
  2. National speaker events with diverse engineering leaders providing examples of possible careerpaths.
  3. Local engineers providing direct mentorship from your local corporate community.
  4. Educational resources linking these mentoring experiences to increased self-efficacy in STEM content areas.
  5. Reading resources with text-based questions that share mentors' stories in ways that prepare students for achievement tests.


How Colleges can engage with MEME

We are reaching out to our PEP teams, and looking to recruit more for the 2022-2023 school year. Colleges will be in a unique situation of receiving mentoring and support from the veteran engineers and corporate mentors. In addition, you will be able to passively and actively mentor students in schools/districts which commonly attend your school. Passive mentorship will come from sharing via social media your PEP boat progress so these students can see the long-term engagement successful engineering requires. Your active mentorship can include livefeeds of your design presentation, sharing your STEM pathway via recorded videos, and describing key academic skills that allowed you to persist as an engineer.

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Michigan - e-Jetski
  • North Carolina A&T - Water Aggies
  • Old Dominion University
  • Princeton University - Papillon Rouge
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Kentucky
  • Tennessee Tech
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Michigan Solar Sea
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Washington - Bothel
  • Widener University
  • University of Georgia

Benefits for joining the MEME network:

  1. Receive mentoring from corporate leaders and young professionals to ensure smooth transition to the workforce.
  2. Share your school's STEM story with high school students looking to become engineers.
  3. Contribute to research efforts that strengthen and magnify the impact of STEM mentorship models.
  4. POSSIBLE: We are considering providing professional development that is focused on the first-year pitfalls that sometimes sidetrack students.



Current Components of ASNE Mentoring


Mentoring Panels, Breakfasts, and Roundtables

Under the direction of CAPT D. Kid Lumme (Ret.), ASNE has been actively recruiting mentors for in-person and virtual mentoring experiences. This work was supercharged by the special Naval Engineers Journal issue: “30 Inspirational Women in Naval Engineering, SM & Beyond”. The mentoring panels now regularly include these women and other trailblazers across the STEM landscape. These panels primarily address early- and mid-career engineers although college students regularly attend these panels as well.

Interested in participating? Join us Thursday, Feburary 3, at the Women's Menotring Breakfast at the Combat Systems Symposium.


FLEET - Engaging K-12 Students in Positive Engineering Experiences

FLEET is an engaging engineering game for students 8-18 years old. If you haven't played FLEET yet, click on the short video to the right to watch a 45-second overview. Schools teach physical science and the engineering design process with FLEET and we support families and individual students to use FLEET to develop memories of successful engineering. This program is supported by high-school science curriculum, and provides an activity that students can engage in while participating in mentoring conversations. This game is free to use, please download FLEET today!


Promoting Electric Propulsion - Connecting College Students to the Engineering Profession

Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) competition supports future naval engineers by engaging them in a year-long process to design, fabricate, test and race electric-powered boats. Last year’s competition was held July 21 at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard - Baltimore in conjunction with MACC. This synergy allowed ASNE members to support these students and find future employees. Dr. Steve Russell ONR’s Program Manager for Acoustics values PEP because “the Navy knows that both for industrial systems and military systems a lot of people are looking at electric propulsion for marine craft. So we sponsored this competition to generate public interest. ASNE continues to provide mentoring and access to our symposia's free mentoring sessions to support these students' transition into the engineering profession.

In this grant, we will be looking to partner high schools with these PEP teams, so the colleges can directly engage with mentoring rather than ASNE staff sharing these engineering successes during our mentoring outreach.

Symposia - Engaging K-12 Students in Positive Engineering Experiences

All symposia are free to undergraduate students, and we often invite high school groups to experience these opportunities. ASNE symposia include keynotes from national engineering leaders and technical presentations that show the cutting-edge developments (See Past Symposia for previous agendas). We curate this experience for students and school groups by providing a secondary room for students to unwind with engineering challenges and STEM-focused speakers that engage and inspire. Over the years, we have found that touring the exhibit hall is particularly eye opening - it shows the wide range of skills and attitudes necessary for engineering companies to succeed. Interested in attending our next symposia, TSS? Contact our education team.




If you would like to see the LOI we pulled together in early December, please click here.


Please continue to check back to this page for more details on the proposal. If you have questions or want to reach out, please email us!