Overview & Objectives

The Global Education and Awareness Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP) is a research initiative whose purpose is to address the challenge of preparing engineering and science undergraduates for global engagement and leadership. GEAR-UP is designed to address the unique challenge of preparing globally engaged scientists and engineers by increasing the number of African-American STEM undergraduates who have international research experience.

Each host site has local university mentors and whose faculty members work in conjunction with Howard University faculty to create and work on projects that are relevant.

The GEAR-UP Program is designed to increase the preparedness of minority engineering and science students to be globally engaged leaders upon graduation through three main avenues:

  • Education: to expose students to international scientific and engineering issues through enhanced course offerings
  • Awareness: to enhance students’ knowledge of engineering and science in an international environment through seminar series
  • Research: to provide the opportunity for minority STEM students to participate in an international research experience. Student researchers work with local university mentors at sites across the world (see list of host sites below).

More information can be found on the GEAR UP Website.

GEAR UP Summer 2015

Below are links to this year’s GEAR UP blogs, these are the stories and experiences of our students in their own words.


Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Emmanuel Glakpe Named ASME Fellow

Fri, August, 25 2017

Dr. Emmanuel Glakpe, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) in April 2017, after being nominated by Dr. Nadir Yilmaz. Dr. Glakpe’s nomination was supported by ASME Fellows from within academia, industry and government positions.Read More >>

Mechanical Engineering Department Chair and Professor Dr. Nadir Yilmaz Named SAE International Fellow

Fri, August, 25 2017

SAE International announced that Professor Nadir Yilmaz was elected as a 2016-2017 SAE Fellow. Dr. Yilmaz was recognized during ceremonies at the WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience in Detroit, Michigan on April 11, 2017.Read More >>


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