More than 200 UCLA Samueli School of Engineering students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered together virtually in June to celebrate Enrique Ainsworth, who is retiring after spending 31 years as the executive director of the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) at UCLA.

Known to his friends as Rick, Ainsworth has long been committed to furthering diversity in engineering. He has authored and served as principal or co-principal investigator for projects supporting STEM retention programs at all levels of education, including undergraduate, graduate, community college and pre-college. Ainsworth has also been an advisor for the UCLA chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) since 1989 and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) since 1990.

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