Another Grand Challenge: Diversity in Environmental Engineering

Lee Blaney, Judith A. Perlinger, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, Ramanitharan Kandiah, Joel J. Ducoste

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As efforts to address grand challenges in engineering move forward, one important challenge has been conspicuously absent - improving diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Previous research has shown that diverse teams perform better in a range of output measures and are better equipped to objectively and creatively evaluate problems. Here, we make the case for including diversity as a critical component of our ability to enable transformative solutions to the grand challenges in environmental engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-572
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Engineering Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018



  • demographics
  • engineering education
  • environmental engineering
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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