Amelito Enriquez

Professor, Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061


Background Information

Amelito Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

He has developed a number of programs designed to help underrepresented students achieve success in STEM including the Summer Engineering Institute (an engineering summer camp for high school students), Math Jam (a math bridge program for incoming college freshmen), a NASA summer research internship program for community college students, and a scholarship program for STEM students. He also developed the Summer Engineering Teaching Institute and the Joint Engineering Program to help strengthen community college engineering programs throughout the California.

He has received a number of awards including the American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding Community College Educator Award, the Hewlett-Packard Technology for Teaching Award, and the League of California Community Colleges Out-Of-The-Box Thinkers Award. In December 2011, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) presented by President Obama in the White House.

Related Pedagogical Projects

Amelito is currently the Principal Investigator for a number of federally funded grants: Student On-ramp Leading to Engineering and Sciences (SOLES) funded by the US Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP); California Alliance for the Strengthening of Transfer Engineering Programs (CALSTEP) funded by the US Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI STEM) program; Online and Networked Education for Transfer Engineering Programs (ONE-STEP) funded by NSF Innovations in Engineering Education and Curriculum Improvement (IEECI) program; a scholarship program funded by NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM); a mentoring program funded by NSF PAESMEM; and Creating Opportunities for Minorities in Engineering, Technology, and Science (COMETS) funded by NASA Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (NASA CIPAIR) program. He also helped develop the Bridge to Engineering Program for Veterans funded through Veterans' Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP).

He is currently the Chair of the American Society of Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Section and the Vice Chair of the ASEE Two-Year College Division.