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“The Multicultural Engineering Program has given me the strong foundation and confidence to continue my education through its scholarships, advising, and support. Without it, my time at Cal Poly would have not been the success it has been. The MEP not only produces strong-minded, intelligent individuals who leave here making a difference in every single industry, but also, individuals who see the importance of leadership and responsibility.”

Christina Diaz Aerospace Engineering

Multicultural Engineering Program

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About Us

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) supports university students enrolled in engineering curriculums successfully attain their Cal Poly degrees. MEP is an academic support program designed to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented students in engineering and computer science disciplines. We build an academic support community and provide the necessary bridges for students' academic and professional success.


We have an open door policy - if the MEP doors are open and we are available, we are happy to meet with you. To confirm a time to meet with us, take advantage of our appointment or walk-ins times. Appointments are available Monday - Friday. Schedule an appointment with any MEP staff member by stopping by 40-117, or emailing mep@calpoly.edu with your availability. We also have scheduled walk-in hours below.

Walk-ins:
Monday:
     10:00-12:00: Jackie
     1:00-3:00: Candy (on CENG Advising Walk-ins)
Tuesday:
     10:00-12:00: Maria
     1:00-3:00: Jackie (on CENG Advising Walk-ins)
Wednesday:
     1:00-3:00: Candy
Thursday:
     9:00-11:00: Maria (on CENG Advising Walk-ins)
     1:00-2:00: Jackie

 

Watch this video to learn more about opportunities within MEP!

 

Participation

Anyone can participate in many of our activities. However, certain scholarships are only available to active MEP students.

  MEP BBQ 2014

 

 

As a student affiliated with MEP, we offer to you...

  • A bi-weekly newsletter with upcoming events exclusive to MEP
  • Tutoring services for engineering, math and science courses
  • Academic, career, and personal advising
  • Mentoring for new freshmen and transfer students
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • A computer lab and 24-hour study room
  • First Year Seminar course for first-time freshmen and transfers orienting you to Cal Poly
  • Academic, career, and leadership development workshops
  • Industry networking opportunities
  • Peer support within student organizations/clubs

 

Interested in becoming a part of MEP? Learn more by exploring our website! Click here to go to the MEP eligibility and application

 

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Recent Program Highlights

  • MEP serves over 400 Cal Poly students.
  • With an 89% retention rate for first-year students, MEP hit a three-year average high comparable to the retention rate for the college as a whole.
  • Corporate sponsored scholarships totaling more than $126,000 were awarded to approximately 100 students at the 2012 MEP Corporate Social and Academic Recognition Banquet. The event was made possible through generous contributions to MEP from our Industry Advisory Board.
  • Our chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has earned the title of Regional Chapter of the Year the last five out of seven years.
  • Alumnus Ron Smith (EE '83) received the Black Engineer of the Year Award. Smith is vice president for Northrop Grumman's Six Sigma sector.