Collins Aerospace, NIU announce formal partnership – WREX-TV

The new initiative, supported by a $50,000 donation from Collins, will help grow the college’s programming focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
ROCKFORD (WREX) — Northern Illinois University’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology announced the beginning of a formal partnership with Collins Aerospace’s Electric Power Systems division in Rockford.
The new initiative, supported by a $50,000 donation from Collins, will help grow the college’s programming focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The new initiative will increase the level of engagement between the company and students by expanding the resources and career networking opportunities between Collins and NIU.
The agreement will provide funding for NIU’s chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society for Women Engineers.
“At NIU, we are committed to creating a culture of discovery and innovation,” said Donald Peterson, Ph.D. dean of CEET. “Creating a welcoming environment for all of our students is essential to fulfilling the college’s mission. We’re delighted that Collins Aerospace is partnering with us to further our diversity, equity and inclusion programming and provide new opportunities to our students.”
CEET saw an increase in the percentage of Hispanic students from 17% in 2019 to 21% in 2020. At the same time, the number of Asian students rose from 5% to 7% and the number of female engineering students increased from 14% to 16.9% in that time as well.
According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) diversity in engineering and STEM fields, in general, provides organizations several benefits including greater innovation, a broader talent pool, increased customer satisfaction, and it is simply more ethical. 
“As an NIU graduate, I am proud to be a part of the Collins Aerospace – NIU partnership,” said Christian Griffiths, ’94 executive director of engineering – electric power systems for Collins Aerospace. “This will provide strategic benefits to both organizations moving forward.”
Furthermore, ASME holds that companies that invest in diversity initiatives benefit from increased profitability and better long-term performance.
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