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NACME President and CEO Establishes Memorial Scholarship in Honor of His Parents

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NACME President and CEO Establishes Memorial Scholarship
in Honor of His Parents

First Scholarship Recipient Presented with $5,000 During NACME’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

White Plains. N.Y. — Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship with a check for $5,000 during the NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

The scholarship, which was established earlier this year, was awarded to Khadidiatou (Khady) Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. fellow. Guiro’s broad research goal is to develop successful therapeutic strategies for a range of diseases by closing the gap between engineering and molecular biology. She is currently studying breast cancer dormancy, a primary factor in disease recurrence, by using tissue engineering to closely observe the mechanisms of cell dormancy following cancer treatments.

“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in females worldwide, and the second main cause of female mortality and morbidity in the western world. Recurrences after decades of remission are a particular problem,” she says.

"Khady is addressing an important issue in breast cancer research where we are trying to understand how and why cancer cells remain dormant in the body, even after aggressive chemotherapy treatment. These dormant cells also appear to reside in close proximity to bone tissue so she is developing a model to study breast cancer cell interaction with this tissue," said Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Director of the Graduate Program of the Biomedical Engineering Department at NJIT, and Guiro’s advisor.

Guiro, who moved to the United States as a teenager, was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, where she recounts “watching my community being affected by health issues such as malnutrition, infectious diseases, and cancer, but mainly a lack of knowledge regarding preventive measures and the absence of health research institutions.” She adds, “I grew up with a desire to seek an education that would lead me to a career in improving the quality of health of others, particularly those in my community. Biomedical engineering seemed like a perfect field to study because it could lead to career opportunities, like conducting cutting-edge research, designing medical devices, developing pharmaceuticals to treat diseases, and developing artificial organs and tissues.”

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering to honor the memory of my parents by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.

“NACME does a brilliant job not only in helping minority students to become engineers, but excel in their careers. This is a vital service for our country. It ensures we have an outstanding cadre of minority engineers who bring a much-needed diversity of experiences and ideas to the workplace, while also assisting individuals who are as determined as NACME to make a difference in every important area of American life, from cutting-edge industry, to infrastructure, to public health,” said NJIT President Dr. Joel Bloom. “By honoring Khady Guiro with a scholarship named for his parents, Dr. McPhail is providing wonderful support and encouragement to someone we know is resolved to make her mark by tackling diseases with creative engineering. We could not be more proud of her or more grateful to Dr. McPhail for recognizing and rewarding her talent.”

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Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography
Pictured (L-R): Khadidiatou (Khady) Guiro; Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail; Dr. Christine McPhail.

The Applied Sciences NYC Project Will Have Deep Impact on New York City’s Economy, STEM Education and Careers

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The Applied Sciences NYC Project Will Have Deep Impact on
New York City’s Economy, STEM Education and Careers

The Applied Sciences NYC Project Panelists Believe City-Based Tech Centers Will
Help Make New York City a Technology Hub Like Silicon Valley

 

                             White Plains, N.Y. — On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), held a unique panel discussion entitled, “Celebrating Successful Partnerships: Applied Sciences NYC Project” with all of the key partners in the groundbreaking initiative that will help make New York City the “Silicon Valley” of the east.

Hours before kicking off its 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration, the in-depth panel discussion was opened with remarks from former New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert K. Steel, who is now the Chief Executive Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners.

“[Former] Mayor Bloomberg and I liked the idea that higher education institutions could come together with government and really make something happen,” said Steel. “This project will have an impact on the entire economy of the city. As it stands, there isn’t an aspect of the workforce in the city that is not currently affected by technology.”

“We are inventing a completely new education system,” said Dr. Lance Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean College of Engineering at Cornell University. “And the exciting part is that everything will be integrated in New York City. This will truly be a new era for technology and education in the city.”

“We applaud the vision for the Applied Sciences NYC Project, and are delighted that NACME Partner Institutions are leading this effort. As a native New Yorker, I am especially proud to witness the beginning of the next Silicon Valley in my hometown,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “NACME intends to work closely with the Applied Sciences NYC Project and other partners to ensure that talented African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in New York City are fully engaged in the opportunities for innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship in STEM. Since our founding four decades ago, NACME has been committed to the view that diversity drives innovation and that its absence imperils our designs, our products, and most of all, our creativity—all components of competitiveness.”

Panel moderator, Dr. Eugene Michael Maximilien, Chief Architect for Cloud Innovations

IBM Cloud Labs and NACME Alumnus from Florida International University asked the panelists if they believed the Applied Sciences NYC Project will help change the mind set of people in the east. “I have spent a lot of time out west, particularly Silicon Valley, and they do have a different way of thinking… Failure is not necessarily seen as a bad thing. When something fails, they look at it, alter their plans, and try again, or try something new. Is it possible for this mindset to take hold in the east?”

Panelists such as Dr. Collins believe this possible. He stated that the Applied Sciences NYC Project is paradigm shifting. He and the other panelists anticipate that in addition to the change in attitudes this will, over time, entice more technology-based companies to come to the region to create a new Silicon Valley.

NACME, the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) are founding partners in establishing Academies of Engineering, a NAF network of career-themed academies. High school students and teachers from Manhattan Bridges High School and the High School Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, N.Y., also attended the riveting session.

Students at Manhattan Bridges are still abuzz about their experience. “They were motivated and enthusiastic about college and career prospects available to them as engineering students. They were also delighted to realize that NACME is an organization designed and dedicated to supporting students like them in attaining their goals,” said George R. Lock, Assistant Principal of STEM at Manhattan Bridges High School.

“We brought 14 students who heard from representatives from Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Columbia University, and IBM. Afterward, the students met with other representatives from IBM with whom we are hoping to develop a partnership,” Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal at CTEA.

Participants in this session also included:

Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Director, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), New York University    

Dr. Philip R. LeDuc, Founding Director, Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems, Carnegie Mellon University   

Dr. Kathy R. McKeown, Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

 

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Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography

 

NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Corporate Supporters Challenged to ‘Pay it Forward’ with Surprise Seed Grant from HP

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the legendary Waldorf Astoria, New York City. The event serves as the organization’s premier fundraising event and brought in more than $1 million in support for scholarships leading into the evening. NACME, however, received a surprise additional gift of $50,000 from NACME Board Company and recipient of the event’s Corporate Citizenship Award, Hewlett-Packard. HP in turn, challenged NACME’s supporters to, “Pay it Forward,” and match their generous donation. The challenge was immediately met by fellow NACME Board Company, PenFed, with a $10,000 gift.

“HP is honored to be recognized with NACME's 2014 Corporate Citizenship Award,” said Sue Barsamian, senior vice president, HP, and vice chairman of NACME Board of Directors. “NACME has successfully established a formula for attracting and supporting underrepresented minorities in engineering and there has never been a more important time to apply that expertise to the high growth field of computing.”

“Since childhood I have always loved surprises, but never have I been as overwhelmed as I was when Sue Barsamian announced from the stage that HP would be providing a $50,000 seed grant to help further establish NACME’s presence in Silicon Valley.” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “I literally was knocked off my feet. We are extremely honored to receive this seed grant from HP and doubly honored to have NACME Board Company PenFed step up the plate that evening and provide a $10,000supplemental grant.”

Since its founding in 1974, NACME has been at the forefront of helping underrepresented minorities—those who are African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men—attain their degrees in engineering and the other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Since that time, NACME has provided more than $142 million in scholarships and support to more than 24,000 young women and men. This milestone event filled the Waldorf’s grand ballroom with more than 500 guests representing academia, high school students, teachers, and parents, the corporate world, foundations, and of course, NACME’s current scholars and alumni.

In addition to honoring HP with the Corporate Citizenship award for its long-standing dedication to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM, NACME also honored a group of individuals for their outstanding contributions to NACME’s mission and vision. Those individuals include:

John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D., P.E., Former President and CEO, NACME, who was awarded the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award; Sandra Begay-Campbell, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, who was awarded the Alumni Circle Award; and Diana Natalicio, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas at El Paso, who received the Diversity Vision Award.

The evening also served as the ideal venue to unveil NACME’s newest scholarship, which was established earlier in the year by Dr. McPhail, who presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship to Khadidiatou Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Fellow.

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created this scholarship to honor the memory of my parents

by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.

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Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO, NACME; John Hinshaw
Executive Vice President, HP; Sue Barsamian, Senior Vice President, HP.

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