About The AccessEngineering Project

AccessEngineering is led by the University of Washington (UW) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Strategy Track (BPE-ST). The project supports the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates and faculty by increasing the participation of people with disabilities.


Overarching goals of AccessEngineering are to

  1. increase the successful participation of people with disabilities in education and careers in engineering and
  2. to improve engineering fields with their perspectives and expertise.

It builds on theory and research to address three immediate challenges facing engineering education today:

  1. increasing the size of the engineering workforce,
  2. diversifying engineering fields, and
  3. meeting institutional obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It also responds to an opportunity to improve education and engineering as a whole through the integration of disability-related and universal design content into engineering courses.

Faculty Leadership Team

A diverse group of engineering faculty and administrators serve on the Faculty Leadership Team. The group includes engineering faculty and administrators who have experiences working with students with disabilities, who have personally experienced a disability, have expertise in assistive technology or other disability-related issues, who have directed departments or other academic/program units, and/or who have included disability/accessibility content in courses and professional conferences. They work at institutions from ten states; in large and small, community college, college, and university settings; at private and public schools.

Members of the team:

  • Engage with each other, staff and student leaders via email and monthly online conferences.
  • Recruit participants for Capacity Building Institutes (CBIs), the community of practice, and other project activities.
  • Attend at least one CBI and deliver a presentation in his/her area of expertise.
  • Give input and feedback on project products and activities.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about how you can get involved with AccessEngineering, contact:

University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842

Voice/TTY: 206-685-3648
Fax: 206-221-4171

The AccessEngineering project was initially funded by the National Science Foundation (grant #EEC-1444961). Any questions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the federal government.