Multicultural Engineering Program

The University of Alabama’s Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) was established in May 1987 through a joint grant from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. As one of five founding member institutions of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering, UA has continued its long-term commitment to the pre-college effort and a tradition of recruiting and retaining excellent students.

At its core, the MEP provides a community for students and is a retention program designed to provide equitable opportunities for the groups traditionally underrepresented within the College of Engineering. The MEP also assists students by providing resources, valuable connections and support for their academic success.


Goal 1

Increase the number of academically qualified students from underrepresented populations to apply, are accepted and enroll in UA’s College of Engineering.

Goal 2

Enhance and develop comprehensive support services that ensure graduation success.

Goal 3

Promote a diverse community that encourages and provides a successful path for fulfilling a career in engineering or computer science.

MEP Services

  • Pre-college (K-12) Initiatives
  • Student Introduction to Engineering Summer Program
  • Student Recruitment and Retention Efforts
  • Tutorials and Student Study Center
  • Academic/Personal Counseling
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Cooperative Education Referrals
  • Full-time Employment Referrals
  • Graduate School Support

Dr. Sandy Pettit

Multicultural Engineering Program
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