Engineering for Equality | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Engineering for Equality

We're building an engineering community that is reflective of our city, our country, and our world.

Good engineering requires the unique perspectives of many different people coming together. Here at NYU Tandon, that goes beyond our interdisciplinary work. Working with colleagues and students from a diverse range of backgrounds and identities creates opportunities for critical engagement with pressing issues we’re facing today. And more perspectives only improves our unconventional outlook.

Andre Taylor with students in lab


At NYU Tandon, we are committed to supporting a diverse, vibrant, creative community of problem-solvers, innovators, inventors, designers, and artists. Our initiatives include:

Aimed at creating an environment in which everyone can feel welcomed, respected, and supported. We want to be effective allies of Black and Latino students, the LGBT community, aspiring women STEM professionals, and all other groups historically underrepresented in STEM. We acknowledge that true allyship takes uncomfortable reckonings, constant vigilance, and above all, accountability.

To further our mission of being one of the leading educators of Black and Latino STEM scholars and industry professionals in
the nation and supporting them during every step of their journeys.

Living for the day people don’t talk about “women in STEM” — just accomplished scientists, technologists, creators, and engineers who also happen to be women. Until then, we aim to be a leader in building a supportive environment where we all work together to increase women’s representation, retention, and success through a wide range of programs, services and activities, such as our WoMentorship Program and our annual Women’s Summit.

We're honored

In early 2020, Tandon’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering received a National Center for Women and Information Technology Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education.

The NEXT Awards honor undergraduate academic departments that have increased women’s participation in computing education — an especially vital goal considering that a recent study revealed that while women earned 57% of all undergraduate degrees, they earned less than 20% of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees.

Widening the pipeline to STEM careers

Joel Urena

Cybersecurity may be the hot spot, but nearly every area of computer science offers attractive salaries and more empty seats than people with the skills to fill them. People with expertise in game design, artificial neural networks and machine vision, robotics, and predictive modeling are in high demand.

Until recently, however, people without the right undergraduate degrees were locked out. NYU Tandon Bridge opens the door: In as little as one semester, this intensive online program gives highly motivated students with a bachelor’s degree in non-computer science fields the skills and tools to enter a rigorous master’s program.

Since its inception the Bridge program has become known for taking its graduates far in their careers. Meredith Mante is a great example, though not in the geographical sense. Mante, an elite college pole-vaulter who earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Princeton, remained right here in Brooklyn, to accept a teaching post in Tandon’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

The city's youngest aspiring engineers

A high school student showing off their robotic creation.Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Tandon’s Center for K-12 STEM Education found ways to engage virtually: for example, this summer’s CrEST (Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology) program enlisted several Tandon undergraduate and graduate students to mentor young innovators and entrepreneurs from local high schools; the program culminated in an online showcase where participants got to display the detailed CAD plans, YouTube-ready ads, savvy cost analyses, and marketable prototypes they had created.

Tandon has long recognized the critical need to engage K-12 students, teachers, and schools in STEM topics through hands-on, authentic learning, and to that end, the Center has created dozens of innovative programs like CrEST, always placing a strong emphasis on serving those from demographic groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields: students of color, girls and young women, and those from less financially advantaged backgrounds.