Established in 1975, the Center for Engineering Diversity (CED) exists to assist The Viterbi School of Engineering in the recruitment, retention and graduation of our historically underrepresented (African-American, Latino, Native American and female) students pursuing engineering degrees.

Partnering with the Viterbi Admission and Student Affairs division, industry, and alumni affords CED the opportunity to provide a supportive environment that prepares students academically, professionally, and personally for success as professional and academic engineers.  Open to all students with an interest in diversity, CED fosters a community of scholars focused on excellence through connecting students to industry, faculty and student peers.

CED welcomes all students with an interest in being a member of a diverse community.  CED students have 24 hour access to “The Center” which includes an HP computer lab, study space, and lounge area.  CED is a hub for students to connect with each other after class or to meet to complete an assignment, or to work on a group project.

In addition to academic department faculty and staff advisors, the CED staff is available to assist students with academic-related issues and provide counseling on engineering trends, career options, and graduate education.

CED Peer Mentoring Program

CED Peer Mentoring is a year-long peer mentoring program for new Viterbi freshmen and transfer students.  Participants are matched with a small group led by an upper-class student that serves as a mentor.

Our mentors are juniors and seniors who are eager to help new students successfully transition to Viterbi by sharing their experiences and helping them to establish their support network of peers, upperclassmen, alumni, faculty and CED corporate representatives who will guide them in creating personal, academic and professional goals.

CED Signature Events 

  • CED Open House
    • CED welcomes new and returning underrepresented Viterbi students to the new academic year.
  • Academic Success/Career Development Workshops
    • CED hosts interactive workshops and panel discussions designed to assist students with academic and professional goal setting, and to connect them to faculty, alumni, and corporate representatives. Topics addressed include: time management, career preparation, networking, securing undergraduate research, and faculty as mentors.
  • Brightideas: Design Competition sponsored by Boeing
    • In this competition, teams of three students have two hours to work together and create a theoretical design to a typical, real-world engineering problem. During this unique, resume-building experience, students will also have the opportunity to network with Boeing engineers and executives, who will be on hand to act as mentors and judges.
  • Celebration of Excellence Banquet
    • This year end banquet provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, industry and the students’ family members to celebrate the success of graduating CED students. The Industry Advisory Board generously funds this annual event.