Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics (IDEAs) Program

The College of Engineering, in recognizing that American industries would require an ever increasing number of people in high technology areas and at the same time demanding diversity, initiated the IDEAs Program (formerly known as Minority Retention Program) in January 1990.

The IDEAs program is committed to

  • Increasing diversity and inclusive excellence in the fields of engineering;
  • Enhancing enrollment, retention and graduation of engineering students – particularly students from underrepresented groups (African-American, Hispanics and American Indian).

We are a partner of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and a member of National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, Inc. (NAMEPA).

Joshua Thomas

Sofia Chinchilla

Letia Bass

The IDEAs Brochure

The Big Idea Newsletter August 2016

Contact Information

Dr. Julie Zhao, Director

Schrank Hall North, 360

Tel: 330-972-2823

Fax: 330-972-5162


Address: College of Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH  44325