NACME Press Releases
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (914) 539-4010, ext.291
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Becomes
ABET Associate Member Society
White Plains, N.Y.—The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is the newest Associate Member Society of ABET, the accreditation organization dedicated to assuring quality in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.
As a global leader in accreditation, ABET ensures that technical education programs around the world are effectively adapting to the changing educational environment. This includes taking steps to facilitate the entry of diverse students into technical classrooms. The addition of NACME, the 2012 winner of ABET’s Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity, allows ABET to make further inroads in its drive to promote diversity in the technical disciplines.
“Bringing NACME on board is a big boost for ABET’s diversity initiatives,” said ABET Executive Director Michael K. J. Milligan, Ph.D., P.E. “Not only will they lend us valuable direction in the role of improving diversity. NACME has a long history of expanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to broad and diverse audiences and throughout its history has built strong ties with industry, which are extremely valuable to ABET as an organization that fosters diversity and strives to remain relevant in our field.”
Since 1974, NACME has been dedicated to increasing the number of successful African-American, American Indian, and Latino students in STEM education and careers. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,300 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Institutions. To date, NACME has provided over 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support.
NACME President and Chief Executive Officer Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., is equally enthusiastic about his organization’s membership within ABET.
"ABET is recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education,” said McPhail. “NACME has been at the forefront of the national effort to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in STEM education and careers for the past four decades. Both organizations share a commitment to the belief that diversity drives innovation. I look forward to working with my fellow board directors and ABET leadership to ensure that diversity becomes an even stronger and more visible metric in promoting quality and innovation in engineering education."
As an Associate Member Society, NACME will contribute to the ABET mission of assuring quality in technical education worldwide and hold a non-voting seat on the ABET Board of Directors. The organization will not have curricular responsibility for specific programs.
The ABET Board approved NACME's application for admission as an Associate Member Society during its October 2013 meeting. The application was ratified by two-thirds of ABET's member societies in February 2014.
The addition of NACME brings the current number of ABET Member Societies up to 34, with 30 member organizations and four associate member organizations. See the full list of ABET Member Societies.
About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through community college strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.
About ABET: ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, is a federation of 34 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, ABET currently accredits over 3,400 programs at almost 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. More than 2,200 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2015 (914) 539-4010, ext. 291
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.”
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