Paul Leu Recognized by IISE with 2016 UPS Award for Minority Advancement

Paul W. Leu is the recipient of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' (IISE) UPS Award for Minority Advancement in Industrial Engineering.

The UPS award recognizes individuals who, through innovative means, have developed programs or projects directed to the advancement of women, minorities or the disabled in the field of industrial engineering. Since joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, Paul Leu has worked successfully with the Pitt Engineering Office of Diversity supervising INVESTING NOW engineering workshops every summer. INVESTING NOW is a college preparatory program created to stimulate, support, and recognize the academic performance of pre-college students from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Leu and his research group have managed INVESTING NOW workshops for over ten weeks and with more than 200 high school juniors and seniors for the last six years.

Paul Leu and his research group have also worked with the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation in developing various modules that cover topics such as engineering, renewable energy, water sustainability, solar energy, and sustainable design. The modules emphasize hands-on learning where the high school students build their own water filters, solder their own circuit board, and design and build cars to race against one another. One of the students expressed, “This is the most fun I’ve had doing engineering!” Albums of all the Leu’s group outreach activities may be found online

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