About the Division of Engineering Education and Centers

The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) invests in the creation of 21st century engineers and the discovery of new technologies through transformational center-based research, research in education and inclusion, and research opportunities for students and teachers. EEC is home to NSF's signature programs for Engineering Research Centers and Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers.

The EEC division director is Dr. José Zayas-Castro; see all EEC staff.

EEC organizes its programs into four clusters:

Broadening Participation in Engineering enhances inclusion and participation in engineering by addressing structural inequalities and biases within educational and workforce systems. Research and other activities improve engineering interest, preparation, connections, experiences, and opportunities among underrepresented groups, from elementary school through college and into the workforce.

Centers and Networks provide the structure, coordination, and resources to solve engineering grand challenges and launch new industries. They engage in visionary, large-scale, multidisciplinary engineering research, education, and technology translation.

Engineering Education encourages educational research to create and support an innovative and inclusive technical workforce for the future. The research advances our understanding of how people become engineers, explores diverse pathways to and through degree programs, and examines how changes in engineering education spread.

Engineering Workforce Development supports pilot initiatives and provides meaningful research experiences that provide insights into engineering and computer science concepts, innovations, and careers.

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