June 3 is application deadline for CoE's Trailblazers in Engineering workshops

The College of Engineering will again host its popular Trailblazers in Engineering (TBE), to be held July 26-28 on the West Lafayette campus.
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The College of Engineering will again host its popular Trailblazers in Engineering (TBE), to be held July 26-28 on the West Lafayette campus.

TBE are workshops aimed at individuals considering a career in engineering academia. The program focuses on preparing outstanding scholars who are committed to improving the success of underrepresented communities of engineers. TBE fellows are selected not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but also for their potential impact in expanding representation and diversity in engineering.

Those accepted for the three-day event will gain insight into post-pandemic academic success, participate in panel discussions, and attend a session on faculty success strategies. Fellows also are invited to participate in a poster session to pitch research and teaching plans.

Attendees have the ability to network with leading trailblazing faculty in engineering, including engineering faculty, thought leaders, Purdue Engineering heads, and scientists who will present keynote speeches and talks throughout the program. There will be ample opportunities for attendees to receive advice on proposals and obtain feedback from would-be employers.

The Purdue program has produced 71 TBE Fellows (30 Black, 34 Latinx, and one Native American). Of those, seven now hold faculty positions, 15 are postdoctoral fellows at prestigious institutions, two are working in industry, and 47 are finishing their PhDs.

TBE’s participating national agencies include the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and National Institutes of Health.

Applicants are invited to apply through two programs, Black Trailblazers in Engineering (BTE) and Latinx Trailblazers in Engineering (LATinE). Applications will be accepted until June 3, 2022. The workshop is open to all PhD students/postdocs in engineering or related disciplines at United States research universities, regardless of race or national origin, who demonstrate a commitment to increasing opportunities for member of underrepresented minorities.

A video about Trailblazers in Engineering is available online.

For questions about the application process, contact Marsha Freeland, director of Faculty Success Programs in the College of Engineering.