UA’s Multicultural Engineering Program was established in May 1987 through a joint grant from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. As a founding member institution of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering, UA has continued its long term commitment to the pre-college effort.

The Multicultural Engineering Program strategic plan has three ambitious goals that seek to impact students starting at the pre-college level (K-12) all the way to graduation from The University of Alabama College of Engineering.

  • Goal 1: Increase the number of academically qualified students from underrepresented populations to apply, are accepted and enroll in UA’s College of Engineering.
  • Goal 2: Enhance and develop comprehensive support services that ensure graduation success.
  • Goal 3: Promote a diverse community that encourages and provides a successful path for fulfilling a career in engineering or computer science.


  • Pre-college (K-12) Initiatives
  • Student Introduction to Engineering Summer Program
  • Student Recruitment and Retention Efforts
  • Tutorials and Student Study Center
  • Academic/Personal Counseling
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Cooperative Education Referrals
  • Full-time Employment Referrals
  • Graduate School Support



Lisa Nicole Smith,
Director UA Multicultural Engineering Program/Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
175 Hardaway Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
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Phone number: (205) 348-6102