The Second Annual Meeting luncheon will feature speaker Peggy Layne, Director of NAE's Program on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce, who will discuss this new program, its goals and activities.

Margaret E. (Peggy) Layne, P.E., accepted a two-year fellowship position as director of the program on diversity in the engineering workforce at the National Academy of Engineering in November 2000.  Ms. Layne previously spent a year as an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow in the office of Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), where she was responsible for water, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste policy issues.  She has 17 years of consulting experience, and was formerly a principal at Harding Lawson Associates in Tallahassee, FL, where she managed the office and directed hazardous waste site investigation and cleanup projects.  Ms. Layne has degrees in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.  She served as president of the Society of Women Engineers in 1996-97, and is currently a member of ASCE's Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering.  She is a registered professional engineer in three states.

NAE Program on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce
There are proportionately fewer women and underrepresented minorities in the engineering profession than in the U.S. workforce in general and in all other scientific or technical fields. Based upon projected market demands and current enrollment trends, recent predictions indicate that the United States will experience a serious shortfall in the number of engineers needed to fill jobs within the next decade (National Science Board, 1998).  NAE President Wm. A. Wulf noted that in order for the United States to remain competitive in a global technological society, the country as a whole must take serious steps to create a diverse, well-trained, and multicultural workforce.   As a first step in addressing this issue, the NAE convened the Summit on Women in Engineering (May 17-18, 1999) and developed the Celebration of Women in Engineering website (  Following the Summit, the NAE hosted a workshop to develop a business case for diversity (September 2, 1999).  To carry forward the outcomes of these meetings, the NAE established a Committee on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce.  To bring more stakeholders to the table, including government, industry, education, outreach, and academia, the NAE established the Forum on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce in January 2000.  The Program on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce aims to increase the diversity of the U.S. engineering workforce by convening stakeholders to share knowledge, identify information and program needs, and initiate actions to address those needs.  My presentation will discuss the Program and how it intends to achieve its goals, including:

The Committee on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce.
The Forum on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce.
The Celebration of Women in Engineering Website.