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.

Students smiling while working on their projectStudent taking measurements for their projectStudents presented with awards for their participation in the iHAWKe event


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Contact Us

If you have any questions about IHAWKe, KUEST, or Diversity & Women's Programs in general, please contact us at ihawke@ku.edu

We are also on twitter at @ihawke1971

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