Engineers used to be almost exclusively white males. That’s no longer the case, according to industry experts.
In 1997, nationwide enrollment numbered 326,458 undergraduates in engineering. Although not identified by ethnicity, about 20% were women. At Mississippi State University, where the College of Engineering has been recognized as one of the top national producers of engineers of African-American descent at the undergraduate level, minority enrollment was slightly less than 20%. Enrollment at MSU lists 2,200 undergraduates and approximately 300 graduate students, said Dr. Wayne Bennett, dean of the engineering school at MSU.
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