P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science
Engineering a Different Path

Launched in 2013, the Greer Scholars Program provides funding and a support network for African American and Hispanic students pursuing engineering studies at Lehigh.

Initiated through the philanthropic efforts of Dr. Carl '62 and Pat Greer, close to 90% of the nearly 60 Greer Scholars have remained in engineering―a dramatic improvement, says Carl (photo, above), on the roughly 30% of his Class of '62 engineers who stayed the course.

Mr. Greer, a "career alchemist" of sorts, has lived many lives since graduating from Lehigh as a metallurgical engineer. He's been a finance professor, an oil executive, as well as an author, clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner.

Based in Chicago, Carl and his wife, Pat, also a Jungian analyst, supervise the Greer Foundation, which supports alternative-healthcare programs, shelters for abused women and children, and many other causes.

"Engineering is a good way for young African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans to approach life," says Carl. "It provides a good mental discipline that can lead to high-paying jobs."

“This program has really helped in terms of recruitment and retention of students of color,” says Henry Odi, vice provost for academic diversity.

Read more about the Greer Scholars program in the Fall 2017 edition of Resolve magazine.

 

Bruke Mammo (right) and Kristen Mejia (left) are members of the first graduating class of Greer Scholars.

Dr. Carl Greer '62

Dr. Carl Greer '62