Date of Award

Summer 1975

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Tagatz, G. E.

Second Advisor

Riem, Karl F.

Third Advisor

Siderits, Mary Anne


Enactment by the Federal Government of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, emphasizing anti-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and subsequent specification of guidelines on employment selection procedures by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC ) have altered hiring priorities in American business and industry (Code of Federal Regulations, 1970). The impact of this legislation on the hiring of engineers is evident in industries' stepped-up recruiting and affirmative action programs for minority engineering talent. However, despite these government regulations, and the efforts of American business and industry, the fact remains that a disproportionately small number of minorities currently occupy engineering positions. For example, of the 1,208,000 employed engineers in 1970, only one percent were black Americans...



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