ENGAGE Engineering is an NSF-funded initiative launched in 2009 to increase the capacity of engineering schools to retain undergraduate students by implementing proven, research-based strategies into engineering programs. The resources offered through ENGAGE are enhancements that can be easily integrated into existing courses.

Today, for institutions and individuals, ENGAGE offers a plethora of publicly-accessible resources for strategy implementation. These include:

  1. Integrating into coursework Everyday Examples in Engineering
  2. Improving and increasing Faculty-Student Interaction
  3. Improving student Spatial Visualization Skills

Since its launch, ENGAGE has worked with teams from 72 engineering schools to implement these strategies, impacting thousands of faculty, instructors, and students. They do not require large-scale curriculum changes. Research has demonstrated these strategies contribute to increased retention of undergraduate engineering students—particularly women. 

Meet the people who started ENGAGE

Susan Staffin Metz, Principal Investigator, Stevens Institute of Technology


Susan Metz works at national and local levels to improve engineering education and to increase access, retention, and advancement of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Metz has secured substantial federal, corporate, and foundation funding to support multi-institutional research, curriculum, and programmatic efforts, working with over 200 four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and professional organizations. As executive director of diversity and inclusion at Stevens Institute of Technology, she catalyzes efforts to increase faculty and student diversity and to enhance the university culture to promote success for all faculty and students. Metz is a founder and past president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network and has served on advisory boards of organizations that significantly influence national STEM policy, including the National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering. Metz is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award, and she is a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science.

C. Diane Matt, Co-Principal Investigator, WEPAN


Diane Matt is Executive Director of Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN, Inc.) She is a Certified Association Executive with 20-plus years of experience in leading not-for-profit organizations. Diane currently chairs the Program Committee for the ASEE Corporate Member Council, serves on the Advisory Board for the STEM Equity Pipeline project and is the principal investigator for the WEPAN Knowledge Center project funded by NSF.  Diane was formerly the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Geological Society of America, a non-profit organization of 17,000 members dedicated to the advancement of the geosciences, and also served as Executive Director of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.

Diane has received numerous awards, including the Colorado Society of Association Executives Annual Association Executive Award of Excellence and the Green Industry Person of the Year award. She is a geoscientist with B.A. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University and The University of Calgary, respectively.

Patricia Campbell, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Campbell-Kibler Associates


Patricia B. Campbell, Ph.D., President of Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc, has been involved in educational research and evaluation—with a focus on science and mathematics education and issues of race/ethnicity, gender and disability—since the mid 1970's. She holds a BS in Mathematics from LeMoyne College,, an MS in Instructional Technology from Syracuse University, and a PhD in Teacher Education, also from Syracuse University.  Dr. Campbell, formerly a professor of research, measurement and statistics at Georgia State University, has authored more than 90 publications.  A co-author of The AAUW Report: How Schools Shortchange Girls, Dr. Campbell was a member of the US Department of Education’s Impact Review Panel and on the team that developed the National Science Foundation publications A Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects and Infusing Equity in Systemic Reform: An Implementation Scheme.

In 2008, Dr. Campbell was named a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Awards she’s received include the American Educational Research Association’s Willystine Goodsell Award and the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN) Betty Vetter Research Award.

Jane Langeman, Project and Technology Management


Jane Langeman, project and technology management consultant, helps organizations leverage people, processes and data to make smarter decisions. Langeman Consulting provides project dissemination, software, and technology services as well as data/information management services. 

Ruani Ribe, Senior Project Manager, Stevens Institute of Technology

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Ruani Ribe comes to ENGAGE from the field of advertising and communications—where her efforts focused on account management for national brands. She joins ENGAGE with a special interest in issues of racial and gender diversity. Ms. Ribe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.