Derrick E. Scott has a thirty plus (30+) year history in engineering education and diversity initiatives for pre-college, college and graduate students. He serves as Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Initiatives at the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (CEDO). In that capacity, he oversees and develops retention initiatives for underrepresented students, and diversity efforts that recognize the importance of a diverse education for all engineering students.
Prior to his current position, Derrick was Director of the Multicultural Engineering Programs Office (MEPO), where he developed the Summer Engineering Academy (SEA), an academic enrichment experience for 7th-12th grade students. In addition, Derrick was part of the team that developed the “M-ENGIN Academy,” which focuses on retention for first- and second-year engineering students; and dual-degree programs with Historically Black Colleges and Universities such as Spelman and Morehouse Colleges in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scott also developed the CEDO External Advisory Council, composed of engineering educators and employers from business and government. Derrick has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally. He served as President of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA), and CEDO was recently the recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers IMPACT Award for retention efforts. He is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators. Internally, Derrick received the Harold Johnson Diversity Award, and serves on the University-wide Diversity Council and the Inter-Group Relations Advisory Committee.