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Applied sciences and engineering/Engineering/Industrial engineering

ATLANTA, Georgia—Trey Saddler, an undergraduate at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, came to present his work on mercury levels in women on the Flathead Indian Reservation—and to network with peers and potential mentors.

Leighann Black, a senior majoring in biochemistry at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, shared findings from a research project on quality sensors for poultry—and then set her sights on learning about graduate programs and finding a summer job.

National innovation and competitiveness depends on a steady supply of engineers, but women and minorities remain underrepresented in undergraduate engineering classrooms. A new study of undergraduate engineering students in the United States shows gender and ethnicity differences in how comfortable students feel in engineering classrooms and suggests strategies that may improve the dearth of women and minorities in engineering.

Growing up, Larry Pileggi thought first that he wanted to be a medical doctor, and then, as he explored oil painting in high school, he thought about pursuing an art career. In time, he nixed both options—not for lack of interest or talent, but because they presented physical challenges that he could not overcome.