While the engineering profession is broad and full of opportunities, only 7.8% of engineering professionals are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, compared to 12% of the UK working age population. The Academy works to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to consider and follow a career in engineering; for example, through its Graduate Engineering Engagement programme (GEEP), and progress is being made. In 2018, 27% of UK-domiciled engineering graduates came from BAME backgrounds.
The Academy works with some of the world's leading BAME engineers. Below are some of their stories, including how they got into engineering, their career highlights, and their thoughts on what more needs to be done to encourage BAME engineering leaders of the future.
For more information about diversity in engineering, please see our Key facts page.
For more information on the Academy's programme to increase diversity and inclusion in engineering visit www.raeng.org.uk/engdiversity.