Our Mission

The KU Engineering Diversity and Women's Programs, or IHAWKe (Indigeneous, Hispanic, African-American, Women KU Engineering), seeks to recruit, retain and graduate innovative, team-oriented engineers that change the world, connect with others and conquer their classes. We do this by facilitating 1) IHAWKe teams that participate in competitions, outreach, research and entrepreneurship 2) The IHAWKe Bigs and Littles Mentoring program and 3) Peer tutoring. Read more.


IHAWKe-a-Thon: Human-Centered Engineering for Hurricane Disasters - October 20-21

From 7 p.m. Friday, October 20 to noon Saturday, October 21,  IHAWKe students will form teams to compete in "Human-Centered Engineering for Hurricane Disasters." There will be food, prizes and an industry panel as interdisciplinary KU engineering teams form to ideate and prototype a concept product that can be used to restore lives, infrastructure, clean water, energy, communications or housing after a Category 5 hurricane.  A LaunchKU effort is under way to build on these ideas and allow for students from the winning team to visit hurricane ravaged sites in Florida, Texas or Puerto Rico. The goals is to design and engineer a product that can benefit people that suffer losses caused by hurricanes.

For more info and to RSVP for the IHAWKe-A-Thon, please contact Andrew B. Williams.

Meet our Director

Andrew Williams, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Spahr Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



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