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DDEP 50 Years of Engineering

Dual-Degree Engineering

The Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP) provides an opportunity for Spelman students to obtain both a world class liberal arts education in addition to an engineering education. The implicit purpose of DDEP is to foster an opportunity for historically underrepresented students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

Founded in 1969, DDEP was initiated through a cooperative agreement between the Atlanta University Center and Georgia Institute of Technology. Since its inception 50 years ago, the program has expanded to include 14 additional engineering partner institutions.

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Celebrating 50 Years of DDEP

Calling all DDEP Students and Alumnae. We want to hear from you!

This year we celebrate 50 years of the Spelman College Dual Degree Engineering Program! We are beyond grateful to our students and alumnae like you who've made the program the success it is today. With this milestone comes an amazing opportunity to reflect and highlight our message to the broader STEM community. The first step is understanding what Spelman DDEP means to you.

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DDEP In Action

Turning Academic Theory Into Practice

Dual-degree alumnae turn academic theory into practice quickly. Antonia Hawkins, C'2009, joined Southern Company the year after her graduation. Hawkins has a Spelman degree in science and a mechanical engineering degree from North Carolina A&T State University College of Engineering. Also, she has had  international work experience, spending a summer in Japan as an intern with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

An interest in a specific sector, construction, led her to the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where she received her master's degree in engineering and construction engineering management.

During her initial years at Southern, Hawkins did piping design for major generation plants and major environmental projects. The work involves the fluid and thermodynamic aspects of mechanical engineering. Currently, her responsibility is growing as she supplies support for major power generating plant projects in mechanical design and project management. 

Sharp as a Laser

Nzinga Tull, C’97, understands such laser-like thinking. She is chief systems engineer at Jackson and Tull. In 1974, her father founded the civil engineering firm that has become an award-winning aerospace, robotics and manufacturing services company. Clients include NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Raytheon, and The Johns Hopkins University.

A Spelman math major, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, Tull coordinates engineering analysis, ground test and activities involving subsystem engineers and hardware developers, and supports the company’s new business.

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