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Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering


This report was developed and written by Jaquelina Falkenheim, Amy Burke, Peter Muhlberger, and Katherine Hale, all at the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), National Science Foundation. Overall guidance and direction for the report were provided by John Gawalt and Beethika Khan, both at NCSES.

Data were produced for publication with the assistance of Ping Huang and Cheryl Lloyd, both at ICF, and Scott Sederstrom, Stephen Schacht, Isabel Guzman-Barron, and Ipek Bilgen, all at NORC at the University of Chicago. The production of data from the National Survey of College Graduates was performed by Richard Ashley and Nguyen Tu Tran, both at Lochbridge, under the direction of May Aydin, NCSES.

The printed volume was produced by Tanya Gore and Christine Hamel under the direction of Catherine Corlies, all at NCSES. Print layout was designed by Eileen Kessler and staff at OmniStudio, Inc. The Web version of the report was developed by Robin Pentola and Rajinder Raut, both at NCSES, with technical assistance from staff of Penobscot Bay Media.

Statistical review was provided by Wan-Ying Chang and Darius Singpurwalla, both at NCSES.

The following experts reviewed the previous edition of the digest and provided valuable comments on the presentation of data on scientists and engineers with disabilities: Sheryl Burgstahler and Richard Ladner, both at the University of Washington, and Noel Gregg, University of Georgia. Valuable comments on the report draft were provided by Mark Fiegener, Dan Foley, Derek Hill, and Kelly Kang, all at NCSES.


National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. 2017. Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2017. Special Report NSF 17-310. Arlington, VA. Available at