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In 2010, the Engineering Consortium was greatly enhanced through an NSF grant to UH called Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (‘IKE). This $5M grant over five years is a pre-engineering education collaborative developed by Kapi‘olani Community College with help from members of the Engineering Consortium. The program is intended to support 155 Native Hawaiian (NH) students over the course of the grant and help them complete baccalaureate degrees at the UHM College of Engineering. Its primary goals are:

Goal 1 – A quality pre-engineering core curriculum that prepares NH students for success in progressively higher level courses in their engineering education, effectively integrating calculus, and is available online in every semester during the project and beyond.

Goal 2 – A community of practice in engineering that connects NH students, mentors, and undergraduate researchers with nurturing advising, a structured cohort experiences, a quality curriculum, faculty/researchers, and community partners through funded positions for students, increased engagement with engineering issues and industries, and online communication strategies.



  • UHM College of Engineering: CEE, CompE, EE, ME
  • UHM College of Natural Sciences: ICS, Math, Physics, Chemistry
  • UHH: Pre-engineering program, BS in Engineering Science (proposed)
  • Natural Science programs at Kapi‘olani CC, Leeward CC, and Windward CC
  • UHMC: AS in Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology, BAS in Engineering Technology, and Natural Science Program
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