Elevate ME

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with the Women in Engineering Program, has made a commitment to increasing the percentage and number of undergraduate women majoring in mechanical engineering. 

The Elevate ME Initiative provides scholarship opportunities, career mentorship, research opportunities and other efforts through the Department of Mechanical Engineering to increase female enrollment and support students once they are enrolled. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and WEP continually collaborate to create opportunities for high school women to experience and get excited about mechanical engineering and programs that support students once they enroll at UT Austin.

Precollege programs that are connected to the Elevate ME Initiative and include a special emphasis on introducing mechanical engineering to high school students include the following:

  • WEP's CREATEatUT is a residential camp for high school juniors that includes one day focused on Mechanical Engineering, including tours, presentations by faculty and alumni, hands-on projects and student panels.
  • WEP's WEatUT is a residential camp for high school seniors that includes sessions focused on Mechanical Engineering, including tours, presentations by faculty and alumni, hands-on projects and student panels.
  • WEP and EOE's YOUatUT is a day camp for high school students that includes a tour of the Longhorn Maker Studio, hands-on projects related to Mechanical Engineering, and student panels with Mechanical Engineering students sharing their experiences.
  • WEP Connect where women admitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering tour facilities and meet students, faculty and staff.
  • Mechanical Engineering Outreach Events in the community where alumni, students, faculty and/or staff host hands-on activities, lead presentations, share resources, and/or answer questions about Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin.

In addition, through WEP's leadership with the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, WEP provides "Role Models Matter" trainings and workshops on research-based best practices to engage girls and young women in engineering. Additional resources for best practices in STEM messaging and role model engagement can be found on WEP's Girl Day website. WEP partners with the ME department to ensure all students, staff, faculty and alumni engaged in recruitment and outreach are utilizing these best practices.