LATinE: Latinx Trailblazers in Engineering

UPDATE: LATinE 2020 has been postponed to July 29-31, 2020 and will be offered virtually.

Purdue Engineering, the home of Neil Armstrong, Lillian Gilbreth, and the birthplace of both the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the nation’s first Women in Engineering program, is committed to building a diverse and successful national talent pool in engineering. LATinE is a new initiative intended to increase the number and success of Latinx/Hispanic engineering faculty in the US, who in turn, will blaze new trails with new discoveries, innovations and social impact and serve as role models for the next generation of engineers.

Program goals

The goal of the LATinE program at Purdue Engineering is to prepare the best and brightest Latinx/Hispanic scholars nearing completion of their PhD degrees or postdoctoral appointments at US universities for a career in engineering academia. Those selected as LATinE fellows will attend a two-day workshop that will provide opportunities for scientific interactions, career-oriented discussions, and networking.


Latinx/Hispanic PhD students/postdocs in engineering or related disciplines at US research universities who are expected to complete their PhD/postdoctoral appointments at US universities in 2020 or 2021, and are interested in applying for faculty positions in the US, are eligible for this program. 25 talented LATinE fellows will be selected for this initial program.


LATinE 2020 will be offered online July 29-31, 2020, by Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. LATinE fellows will network virtually with leading Latinx/Hispanic faculty and scientists who will present keynote speeches and talks throughout the program and will receive $600 scholarships upon successful completion of the workshop.

July 29: Plenary Panel: University and Industry Leadership During the Pandemic and Beyond

July 30: Panel discussions, Poster Session and Keynote Address

July 31: "Success Strategies for New Faculty Members" Workshop and Keynote Panel: How to Get Early Career Research Funding

Detailed Agenda Coming Soon

Featured Keynote Speaker

Richard A. Tapia

Richard A. Tapia, Ph.D.

Rice University, University Professor, Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education

Dr. Richard A. Tapia is a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences and is a national leader in education and outreach. Tapia’s current Rice positions are University Professor (only the sixth individual afforded this title in the 100-year history of Rice University), Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, and Director of the Rice Graduate Education for Minorities and Empowering Leadership Alliance Programs.


Required application materials to be submitted via the online application form include the following items:

  • Cover letter should summarize why applicants are interested in the program and how it would benefit them; should also indicate their experiences, activities, and/or goals to promote, as a future engineering faculty, a climate that values diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or engagement
  • Research and education plan as a future faculty trailblazer in engineering (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae including list of publications
  • At least two letters of recommendation

Key Dates

  • April 26, 2020: Application materials due
  • May 1, 2020: Letters of recommendation due
  • May 8, 2020: LATinE Fellows announced
  • July 29-31, 2020: Purdue Engineering’s 2020 Virtual LATinE Workshop

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