Impact of Engineering Ambassador Programs on Student Development

  • Thalia Anagnos San Jose State University
  • Alicia Lyman-Holt Oregon State University
  • Claudia Marin-Artieda Howard University
  • Ellen Momsen Oregon State University
Keywords: engineering, mentoring, student development, student success,


This study highlights the positive impact of participation in an engineering ambassador program on students from two universities: Oregon State University which is a large public university in a college town with a 13% minority student body, and Howard University, a medium sized private university with a relatively small engineering program in an urban setting enrolling a primarily minority population. Although these ambassador programs have a major goal of service to the university and engineering program, they serve an equally important goal of developing the skills and attitudes of the ambassadors themselves. Ambassadors from both universities were surveyed, and though the universities and the programs are different, results show that both programs have a similar positive impact on student goals, attitudes, leadership skill and self-efficacy.

Author Biographies

Thalia Anagnos, San Jose State University
Professor General Engineering Department
Alicia Lyman-Holt, Oregon State University
Outreach and Education Coordinator O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
Claudia Marin-Artieda, Howard University
Associate Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ellen Momsen, Oregon State University
Director of Women & Minorities in Engineering College of Engineering