ENGineering Access, Greater Equity and Diversity

Programs to Steer You Toward Success in Your Classes and Career

ENGAGED (ENGineering Access, Greater Equity, and Diversity) serves students underrepresented in engineering, including those who are the first in their families to attend college, from low-income households or groups such as women and minorities.

These College of Engineering programs, detailed below, help ensure academic success, sense of connection and community, and development of professional identity. ENGAGED also partners with pre-college programs at the University of Arizona to help students’ gain access to the engineering profession.


ENGAGED programming focuses on four core objectives:



Helping students from underrepresented groups access engineering in higher education


Ensuring students have the environment and resources they need to succeed academically


Building a sense of belonging in the College of Engineering among ENGAGED students

Professional Identity

Creating professional development for students within the ENGAGED curricular and co-curricular activities

"The UA College of Engineering is committed to making a quality engineering education accessible to students from all backgrounds and to supporting your success throughout your academic journey, and beyond."
David W. Hahn, Craig M. Berge Dean

Mentoring, Friends, Job Connections…Success

For more information about ENGineering Access, Greater Equity, and Diversity (ENGAGED), please call 520.626.3990 or email

Calendar of Events

Meet the Team

Contact our development team for more on all the ways to support the UA College of Engineering.

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Noel Hennessey


Nöel (she/her/hers) is the founding director of the ENGAGED program suite of Catapult, Engineering Blast Off!, EPICS/Ideas in STEM, Summer TRACK, and REAL Work. She earned her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Arizona College of Education in 2020. Her research interests include academic and student support program efficacy, as well as emotional labor of academic program staff. 

Dean James Baygents

April N. Horne

Associate Director

April (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Diné/Latina scholar and the Associate Director for ENGAGED. She primarily oversees the programmatic and team operations, marketing, and collaborative outreach for the ENGAGED program suite. April is working on her PhD in Higher Education and centers a critical quantitative auntie approach to increase STEM access for marginalized and historically under-represented students. April and her family enjoy learning traditional ways, trying out new restaurants, and playing Minecraft. 

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Tyler Le Peau

Student Support Coordinator III

Tyler (she/her/hers) oversees the NSF IUSE Building Pathways, Summer TRACK and Catapult programs and leads activities designed to increase student persistence. With an asset-based perspective, she teaches and supports students from historically marginalized communities by connecting them to mentors, internships, and pathways into the profession. She earned her MA in Education from the University of Arizona in 2023. Tyler enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. 

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Ailyn Gómez Ray

Engineering Pathways Specialist 

Ailyn (pronounced "i-lean") oversees Catapult, REAL Work, and outreach initiatives. She is a first-generation Latina from San Luis, AZ, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a BSHS in Physiology in 2019 and is passionate about serving marginalized populations.  

Ailyn enjoys anything artsy, baking, hiking, and hanging out with her dogs.

Wendy Turner

Elia Bueno

Graduate Research Assistant

Elia is a graduate student in the Family and Consumer Sciences doctoral program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research interests include access to college and familial influence in students’ access of resources and success in higher education. Elia is responsible for data collection and program assessment for ENGAGED programming. In her spare time, Elia enjoys hiking, going on walks, working out, cooking, and hanging out with her loved ones.