Note to High School Counselors

Many students who are talented in mathematics are encouraged to pursue engineering degrees by their high school counselors. Keep up the good work! Here are some resources that may help you recruit the nation’s next generation of technology leaders!

Help bring engineering into your school’s classrooms.

Subscribe to eGFI, a free electronic newsletter about the growing role of engineering in K-12 education published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). There are also a range of teacher resources for science and engineering at:

Encourage students to engage in engineering now.

Many colleges and universities offer outreach programs designed to engage students in science and engineering, and ultimately to encourage them to pursue technical careers. Duke, for example, offers the Talent Identification Program, which gives middle school and high school students an opportunity to explore their potential through a range of online and on campus programs.

Promote engineering as a community that values diversity.

What was once a career path primarily for men has now become a welcoming community to a diverse group of people, including women and minorities. Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering is home to chapters of the Society for Women Engineers (SWE), National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), as well as a wide range of professional society chapters such as the American Society of Civil Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Institute for Electrical Engineering and Electronics, and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Help students prepare for college engineering.

Most university engineering programs require students to have already taken calculus. Additionally, it’s helpful but not universally required for high school students to also take chemistry and physics.

Beyond these basics, we would encourage students to take the time to explore the world of engineering. Not so long ago, the word “engineer” conjured up images of the people who design roads and bridge, and while a subset of civil engineers do this kind of work, engineering itself encompasses an amazingly broad array of pursuits. A good starting point is the All Engineering Schools, which provides a brief intro for most of the engineering specializations from aerospace to environmental, mechanical to materials engineering. In addition the National Academy of Engineering has identified Grand Challenges for the next generation of engineers to solve.