Founded by Dr. Andrew Williams to address the needs of historically underrepresented students, IHAWKe (Indigenous, Hispanic, African-American, Women, KU Engineering), is an academic support program that seeks to recruit, retain and graduate innovative, team-oriented engineers that change the world, connect with others and conquer their classes. We do that through advising, peer mentoring and tutoring, and various engaging engineering activities for our KU students. For pre-collegiate students we do that through our KUEST program that exposes students to and engages them in engineering activities.
IHAWKe students change to world through various outreach activities such as the Tiny House Hurricane Disaster Relief Project. IHAWKe activities and projects work to emphasize the importance of empathy during the engineering design process. IHAWKe students also have the opportunity to participate in various academic success workshops such as 4 Steps to Success and are eligible for diversity scholarships.
Fall 2018 IHAWKe-a-Thon
This year’s IHAWKe-a-Thon focused on using engineering and computing to help intellectually and developmentally workers with disabilities in the workplace and was sponsored by IBM. Students formed into multidisciplinary teams to use creative engineering to create prototypes to help people and change the world.
IHAWKe-a-Thons serve as an opportunity for students to engage in the engineering thinking and design process to develop a solution for the community need. IHAWKe-a-Thons are student driven and often include partnerships with industry leaders.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Nation Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Women in Computing, KU (KUWIC)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
IHAWKe Fellows are leaders in the School of Engineering who work with staff at the school level to identify and support the academic and professional needs, provide resources, mentorship opportunities, and specialized programming for graduate students across the school with a focus on diversity. The IHAWKe Fellows promote community and support for minority graduate students in engineering.
If you have any questions about IHAWKe, KUEST, or Diversity & Women's Programs in general, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also on twitter at @ihawke1971