The ASEE Best Diversity Paper Award was approved and first implemented in 2015 as part of the Year of Action on Diversity. The Award is now named the ASEE Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. The award strives to enhance the visibility and sustainment of actions in support of diversity and engineering, which is empowering society in unprecedented ways. Engineering and diversity are at the core of innovation and can address Grand Challenges facing the US and the world. In order for the engineering discipline to reach its full potential, however, the engineering education community and the engineering profession must better include all segments of our society. In particular, engineering must actively engage and help promote the pursuit of engineering education and engineering careers with those individuals who have been historically under-represented within engineering. ASEE believes that diversity and inclusiveness is essential to enriching educational experiences and innovations that drive the development of creative solutions in addressing the world’s challenges. We learn from experiences, beliefs, and perspectives that are different from our own. Diversity, demographically, intellectually, and socially, fuels innovation and the development of imaginative and enduring solutions to global problems. The ASEE Statement on Diversity and Inclusiveness is available here:

Thus, the Best Diversity Paper Competition seeks to identify highly impactful efforts by ASEE authors that broaden participation in engineering and influence the inclusive, diverse future of engineering. The inaugural year, monetary awards were made possible by a generous donation from the Mechanical Engineering Division. In subsequent years, the award has been funded in the same manner as other ASEE Best Paper awards. Winners from previous years can be found below. Many of the finalists listed below presented their papers at a Best Diversity Papers session at their respective annual meeting.

2019 Winner and Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Best Diversity Paper Award, listed below, presented their award winning papers at a Best Diversity Papers session at the annual meeting. To see recordings of these presentations, click here.

Paper Title Division/Zone
WINNER: Work in Progress: Aligning What We Want With What We Seek: Increasing Comprehensive
Review in the Graduate Admissions Process
by Dr. La’Tonia Stiner-Jones and Dr. Wolfgang
Check out the paper here!
Graduate Studies
Institutional Agents’ Roles in Serving Student Veterans and Implications for Student Veterans
in Engineering by Dr. Catherine Mobley, Dr. Joyce B. Main, Dr. Susan M. Lord, Dr. Catherine E. Brawner, and Prof. Michelle M. Camacho
Check out the paper here!
Military and Veterans
Effects of gender, effort, and spatial visualization abilities in an engineering graphics class by
Ms. Hannah Budinoff, Ms. Audrey Ford, and Prof. Sara McMains
Check out the paper here!
Engineering Design
Graphics Division
Investigating Children with Autism’s Engagement in Engineering Practices: Problem Scoping
(Fundamental) by Ms. Hoda Ehsan and Dr. Monica E. Cardella
Check out the paper here!
Engineering Education
To What Extent Does Gender and Ethnicity Impact Engineering Students’ Career Outcomes?
An exploratory analysis comparing biomedical to three other undergraduate engineering
majors by Dr. Alexis Ortiz-Rosario, Dr. Amena Shermadou, Dr. David A. Delaine, and Dr. Tanya M. Nocera
Check out the paper here!
Engineering Division

2018 Winner and Finalists

Paper Title Division/Zone
WINNER: Effects of Research and Internship Experiences in Engineering Task Self-efficacy on Engineering Students through an Intersectional Lens
by Abisola Kusimo (Stanford University), Marissa Thompson (Stanford University), Sheri Sheppard (Stanford University), and Sara Atwood (Elizabethtown College)
Check out the paper here!
Minorities in Engineering Division
Diversity and Inclusion in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Students’ Perceptions of Learning and Engaging with Difference
by Sean Eddington, Carla B. Zoltowski, Andrew O. Brightman, Rucha Joshi, Patrice Marie Buzzanell, and David Torres (all of Purdue University)
Check out the paper here!
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division
The Power of Peer Mentoring of Undergraduate Women in Engineering: Fostering Persistence through Academic and Social Integration
by Jennifer A Gatz, Dr. Angela M Kelly, and Dr. Monica Bugallo (all of Stony Brook University)
Check out the paper here!
Women in Engineering Division
Gender, Motivation, and Pedagogy in the STEM Classroom: A Quantitative Characterization
by Jonathan D. Stolk (Olin College), Yevgeniya V. Zastavker (Olin College), and Michael D Gross (Wake Forest University)
Check out the paper here!
Educational Research and Methods Division
Uncovering Latent Diversity: Steps Towards Understanding ‘What Counts’ and ‘Who Belongs’ in Engineering Culture
by Brianna Shani Benedict, Dina Verdin, Rachel Ann Baker, Allison Godwin, and Thaddeus Milton (all of Purdue University)
Check out the paper here!
ASEE Diversity Committee

2017 Winner and Finalists

Paper Title Division/Zone
WINNER: The Inequality of LGBTQ Students in U.S. Engineering Education: Report on a Study of Eight Engineering Programs
by Dr. Erin A. Cech (University of Michigan), Prof. Tom J. Waidzunas (Temple University), and Dr. Stephanie Farrell (Rowan University)
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division
Mobile Aerospace Education Lab (m-AEL): A NASA Supported K-12 “Roadshow-In-A-Box” Initiative to Advance Aviation/Aerospace Education in Underserved Counties
by Dr. Kuldeep S. Rawat (Elizabeth City State University), Dr. Ellis Eugene Lawrence (Elizabeth City State University), and Cmdr. Orestes Devino Gooden (Elizabeth City State University)
Aerospace Division
Climate Control: Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering?
by Dr. Su Li (U. C. Hastings, College of the Law), Dr. Roberta Rincon (Society of Women Engineers), and Prof. Joan Chalmers Williams (University of California, Hastings College of the Law)
ASEE Diversity Committee
Closing the Gap: Using Supplemental Instruction as a Tool to Assist Minorities in Engineering
by Lt. James Blake Gegenheimer (Louisiana State University STEP ), Mr. Charles Algeo Wilson IV (Louisiana State University), Adrienne Steele (Louisiana State University), and Dr. Warren N. Waggenspack Jr. (Louisiana State University)
Student Division
Calculus Reform – Increasing STEM Retention and Post-Requisite Course Success While Closing the Retention Gap for Women and Underrepresented Minority Students by Dr. Doug Bullock (Boise State University), Dr. Janet Callahan (Boise State University), and Ms. Jocelyn B. S. Cullers (Boise State University) Mathematics Division

2016 Winner and Finalists

Paper Title Division/Zone
WINNER: Mapping Assets of Diverse Groups for Chemical Engineering Design Problem Framing Ability
by Vanessa Svihla, Abhaya K. Datye, Jamie R Gomez, Victor Law, and Sophia Bowers (University of New Mexico)
Chemical Engineering Division
Instructional Strategies for Incorporating Empathy in Transdisciplinary Technology Education
by Colin M. Gray, Luciana de Cresce El Debs, Marisa Exter, and Terri S. Krause (Purdue University, West Lafayette)
Engineering Ethics Division
Where are they Now? Analyses of Alumnae Data
by Andrea L Welker (Villanova University)
Civil Engineering Division
‘Turning away’ from the Struggling Individual Student: An Account of the Cultural Construction of Engineering Ability in an Undergraduate Programming Class
by Stephen Douglas Secules, Andrew Elby, and Ayush Gupta (University of Maryland, College Park)
Educational Research and Methods Division
The Effect of Financial Support on Academic Achievement and Retention of Female Engineering Students by Yang Lydia Yang and Bette Grauer (Kansas State University) Women in Engineering Division
A Multi-Institutional Study of the Relationships between Nontraditional and Traditional Undergraduate Engineering Students
by Tressa Kay Mikel, Frank Q. Hoang, Emi Okada, Pedro Sung Hoe Kim, Audrianna Rodriguez, Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Shannon Ciston (University of California, Berkeley/ University of New Haven)
Pacific Southwest Section

2015 Winner and Finalists

Winners of the 2015 Best Diversity Paper Award presented their award winning papers at a Best Diversity Papers session at the annual meeting (Monday, June 12:30 – 2 pm, Washington State Convention Center, Room 309).

Rank Paper Title Division/Zone
1st Place Creating Inclusive Environments in First-Year Engineering Classes to Support Student Retention and Learning
by Dr. Christina H. Paguyo (Colorado State University), Dr. Rebecca A. Atadero (Colorado State University), Dr. Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez (West Virginia University), and Jennifer Francis (West Virginia University)
First-Year Programs
2nd Place Into the pipeline: A freshman student’s experiences of stories ‘told’ about engineering
by Mr. Michael Brewer (Affiliation unknown), Dr. Nicola Sochacka (University of Georgia), and Dr. Joachim Walther (University of Georgia)
Liberal Education/ Engineering & Society
3rd Place Leadership, Management, and Diversity: Missed Opportunities within Student Design Competition Teams
by Dr. Susan E. Walden (University of Oklahoma), Ms. Cindy E. Foor (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Rui Pan (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Randa L. Shehab (University of Oklahoma), and Dr. Deborah A. TryYen (University of Oklahoma)
Mechanical Engineering
4th Place Students Seeking Different Paths to Entrepreneurial Education by Dr. Sergio Celis (Universidad de Chile) and Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad (University of Michigan) Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
5th Place Changes in Latino/a Adolescents’ Engineering Self-Efficacy and Perceptions of Engineering After Addressing Authentic Engineering Design Challenges
by Dr. Joel Alejandro Mejia (West Virginia University), Mr. Dustin Drake (Utah State University), and Dr. Amy Wilson-Lopez (Utah State University – Teacher Education and Leadership)
K-12 and Pre-College Engineering
6th Place The Summer Undergraduate Research Bridge Experience for Community College Students: Providing Connections from Community College to the Four-Year Institution
by Ms. Jeanne R. Garland (New Mexico State University), Ms. Michele A. Auzenne (New Mexico State University), and Dr. Ricardo B. Jacquez (New Mexico State University)
Multidisciplinary Engineering

2015 Nominees

The following nominees fit within one of two categories: (a) paper directly addresses a diversity project, topic and/or initiative or (b) paper describes a project, topic and/or initiative while integrating themes of broader impact and diversity. While these papers were not selected as winners, they are recognized for their contribution and listed below in alphabetical order:

Paper Title Division/Zone
A Series of Singular Testimonies: A New Way to Explore Unearned Advantages and Unearned Disadvantages
by Dr. Julie P Martin (Clemson University), Ms. Aubrie Lynn Pfirman (Clemson University), Rachel K. Anderson (Clemson University), Ms. Shannon K Stefl (Clemson University), Mr. Frederick Paige (Clemson University ), and Mrs. Lindsey Whitfield Cain (Clemson University)
Educational Research and Methods Division
Assessing the Impact of Research Experiences on the Success of Underrepresented Community College Students
by Dr. Amelito G. Enriquez (Canada College), Prof. Wenshen Pong P.E. (San Francisco State University), Prof. Hamid Shahnasser (San Francisco State University), Hamid Mahmoodi (San Francisco State University), Dr. Cheng Chen (San Francisco State University), Dr. Xiaorong Zhang (San Francisco State University), Dr. Kwok Siong Teh (San Francisco State University), and Mr. Nick Patrick Rentsch (Canada College)
Minorities in Engineering Division
Building The Two-Way Bridge: A Software Engineering Master’s Program for Liberal Arts Graduates
by Professor Linda Laird (Stevens Institute of Technology) and Dr. Ye Yang (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Spring 2015 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference
Career Advancement through Academic Commercialization: Acknowledging and Reducing Barriers for Women Engineering Faculty
by Ari Turrentine (VentureWell)
Women in Engineering Division
Comparison of Mastery Learning and Traditional Lecture-Exam Models in a Large Enrollment Physics Course
by Dr. Barbara Masi (University of Rochester), Dan M. Watson (University of Rochester), Prof. Arie Bodek (University of Rochester), Mr. Dev Ashish Khaitan (Affiliation unknown), and Erik Garcell (Affiliation unknown)
Engineering Physics & Physics Division
Design for Aging with BIM and Game Engine Integration
by Dr. Wei Wu (California State University, Fresno) and Mr. Ishan Kanshik (Affiliation Unknown)
Architectural Division
Diversity in Chemical Engineering Education: Status and Perspectives
by Dr. Cheryl A. Bodnar (University of Pittsburgh), Dr. Arthur Felse (Northwestern University), Dr. Karen A. High (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Jason M. Keith (Mississippi State University), Dr. Adrienne Minerick (Michigan Technological University), Dr. Ann Saterbak (Rice University), and Dr. Jennifer Cole (Northwestern University)
Chemical Engineering Division
Enhance Computing Curricula with High Performance Computing Teaching and Research
by Dr. Suxia Cui (Prairie View A&M University), Dr. Lin Li (Prairie View A&M University), Dr. Lei Huang (Prairie View A&M University), and Dr. Yonghui Wang (Prairie View A&M University)
Systems Engineering Division
Human-Centered Computing Scholars: Fostering a New Generation of Underrepresented and Financially Disadvantaged Researchers
by Juan E. Gilbert (University of Florida) and Lamont A. Flowers (Clemson University)
2015 ASEE Southeast Section Conference
Impacts of Service Learning Projects on the Technical and Professional Engineering Confidence of First Year Engineering Students by Dr. Matthew Siniawski (Loyola Marymount University), Dr. Sandra G. Luca (Loyola Marymount University), Prof. Jeremy S. Pal (Loyola Marymount University), and Dr. Jose A. Saez (Loyola Marymount University) Community Engagement Division
Incorporating Engineering in a High School FACS and Chemistry Class
by Bonnie Boyd (Saint Paul Public Schools), AnnMarie Thomas (University of St. Thomas), and Alex Zierden (University of St. Thomas/ University of Minnesota Duluth)
2014 ASEE North Midwest Section Conference
Increasing Diversity in Engineering: Capacity Building Matters
by Joanita M. Kant (South Dakota State University), Suzettee R. Burckhard (South Dakota State University), Whitney K. Kilts (South Dakota State University), and Kyungnan Min (South Dakota State University)
2014 ASEE North Midwest Section Conference