Black History Month

February is Black History Month! To celebrate, we’re recognizing the experiences of Black engineers as we highlight their works and accomplishments. Join us in educating ourselves as we feature books, articles, and podcasts on their experiences.

“Engineering while Black” by MIT Alumni, Vincent Anioke

“Many of us felt that we needed to be as perfect as humanly possible, lest our individual failings become the stereotypes of Blackness.” Published in the MIT Technology Review, the essay details Anioke’s “reckoning with Blackness as a first-generation immigrant at MIT.”


“Algorithms of Oppression” by Safiya Umoja Noble

Check out this book to reveal how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms. Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities.



“Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code” by Ruha Benjamin

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.



“Inclusive Environments: Finding Support When Isolated“, a recent episode of the “The Science of Mentorship” podcast

In this episode, Dr. Gilda Barabino shares how she responded to a lack of mentorship, where she found supportive networks, and how she’s creating inclusive environments so that marginalized students don’t have to face the same obstacles.


People of Color in Tech’s (POCIT) interview with Tammarrian Rogers, Inclusion Engineering Director of Snap

Read as Rogers shares her experiences of being a Black woman in engineering and tech, encourages tech companies to build more inclusive and equitable environments for employers, and shares advice for others interested in joining the field of tech.


“illuminating Black women engineers: unsung champions of innovation”

Read to learn about the breakthroughs and inventions developed by Black women engineers, the systematic racism they still see today, and how they are defying the odds and persisting.


“Engineering Change” podcast by Dr. Yvette E. Pearson

Engineering Change is the podcast designed to help REDEFINE the engineering education experience as we know it. Hosted by renowned engineering educator, Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, each episode will leave listeners with strategies you can put into practice wherever you are in the process of ENGINEERING CHANGE.