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My Visit to Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR)


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

On March 17-18, 2015 I had the pleasure to stop in on the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) family for a fabulous visit. I left the university energized, both spiritually and intellectually. I am a first-generation college student and a man of color. My entire academic career has been dedicated to creating opportunity for talented minds from humble circumstances to excel in higher education and beyond. PUPR provides such an opportunity for talented STEM students in a beautiful setting.

As always, the best part of my campus visits is the time spent with NACME Scholars and other underrepresented minority engineering students. Our NACME Scholars at PUPR are on the cutting edge of undergraduate research in engineering. The faculty, staff, and administration are focused on teaching and learning, and student success. PUPR has clearly designed a model of best practices in minority engineering education that I feel must be replicated if we are to succeed in realizing NACME’s vision of an engineering workforce that looks like America.

Dean Carlos Gonzalez, Associate Dean Cuauhtémoc Godoy, and I discussed the development of an Action Plan to delineate specific actions to be taken to strengthen the collaboration between PUPR and NACME.

I look forward to the next steps.

Photos of Dr. McPhail's visit to PUPR can be seen in the NACME Photo Gallery