Industry Leaders and California State University Focus On Globalization Of Engineering and Critical Need for Future Workforce

Minorities and Women Vastly Underrepresented in Field

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, CSU Public Affairs,, 562-951-4800
Or Nancy Stake, San Jose State University,, 408-924-1167

(October 26, 2005) – Leaders from the fields of engineering and technology will join with campuses from the California State University system on Oct. 28 at San José State University to discuss the CSU’s role in addressing the decreasing number of students entering the engineering profession, and, specifically, to identify measures to encourage more minorities and women to qualify to become engineers.

“The CSU prepares 40 percent of the state’s workforce in computer and electronic engineering,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “That translates to 3,000 job-ready graduates who enter the workforce each year. We are working to increase that number, especially among minority and women students who are very underrepresented in the profession.”

The forum, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at San José State’s Engineering Auditorium, will focus on CSU’s role as a higher education leader in preparing the engineering workforce, as well as specific campus programs to address the lack of minorities and women entering the field.

“Declining graduation rates in the engineering and science disciplines in the U.S. have far reaching implications for our community, our businesses, and our nation. Determining and implementing an effective response will require committed and thoughtful collaboration among industry, community, and political leaders,” said James W. Bagley, executive chairman of the board of Lam Research Corp. “California State University has been a long-time partner with California’s technology industry, and this forum is yet one more example of how CSU is working with businesses to build awareness of the critical need for locally based graduates in the field of engineering and the relevancy of this need to our future workforce.”

Speakers and attendees will include representatives from leading technology and manufacturing industries, defense contractors and engineering firms who will discuss partnerships with the CSU to attract more students, particularly minorities and women, into the engineering field.

Participating CSU campuses – including Chico, East Bay, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San José and San Luis Obispo – will display exhibits of campus engineering programs, as well as student and faculty projects including electric and solar-designed vehicles.

Panelists include:

  • Mark Dean, IBM Fellow and Vice President, IBM Almaden Research Center
  • Brian Halla, Chairman of the Board and CEO, National Semiconductor
  • Kathleen Holmgren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • Mark Stevens, Group President, Fluor Corporation
  • Dwight Streit, Vice President of Foundation Technology, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • John Tracy, Vice President of Engineering, Integrated Defense Systems, Boeing

The event is sponsored by the California State University Chancellor’s Office. Speakers from the CSU system will include San José State President Don Kassing and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Additional information will be available after the meeting on the CSU Impact Events website.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: October 26, 2005

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