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NACME and AT&T Provide Support for Next Generation of Engineering Talent

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NACME and AT&T Provide Support for Next
Generation of Engineering Talent
Ten Academies of Engineering Receive Funding for High School Students’ STEM Projects


White Plains, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) announces a $150,000 contribution from AT&T, of which $50,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country.

These 10 AOEs were selected based on their commitment to enhance learning for underrepresented minority students on the pathway to higher education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. The funding will enable teachers to conduct hands on learning in the classroom through purchase of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum and supplies. Students will also be eligible for a range of resources available through NACME, including scholarships and supplementary engineering awareness and career preparatory materials.

The AOEs, aim to educate high school students in the principles of engineering, and provide content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. The AOEs were founded as a three-way partnership between NACME, NAF, and PLTW. The list of current partners includes, The STEM Academy, Paxton/Patterson, ConnectEdu, and SME Education Foundation. In the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 85 AOEs, including 11 that recently completed their year of planning, serving more than 11,000 students nationwide.
“We value the long-standing collaboration with AT&T that dates back to our founding four decades ago,” said NACME President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. 

“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students in grades K-12 helps to ensure that America maintains its preeminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.”“AT&T’s partnership with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM related initiatives that will result in the success of our future workforce,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “Our economy continues to transform – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy to ensure that the students of today are able to compete in the global economy of tomorrow.”
As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, five graduating seniors from these AOE schools received scholarships toward their freshman year in college. These dynamic students are freshmen now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering. 

The funds provided by AT&T will be used to support NACME’s mission to provide access and opportunity for underrepresented minority students who require financial assistance to pursue engineering coursework at the undergraduate level. In addition to the support for specific AOEs, AT&T support will provide engineering awareness materials for middle school students and pre-engineering scholarships for graduating seniors continuing on to a university engineering program.

This support is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education.  Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.

Academies of Engineering that are receiving support:
•    A.J. Moore High School (University High School), Waco, TX
•    Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
•    High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture High School, Ozone Park, NY
•    Galt High School, Galt, CA
•    Hialeah Gardens High School, Hialeah Gardens, FL
•    Maynard Holbrook Jackson Small Learning Communities High School, Atlanta, GA
•    Northeast Academy High School, Oklahoma City, OK
•    Ruskin Senior High School, Kansas City, MO
•    Scotlandville Magnate High School, Baton Rouge, LA
•    Zebulon B. Vance High School, Charlotte, NC

About NACME
Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,250 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Universities. For more information go to: www.nacme.org

About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

 

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Pictured (L-R): White Plains, N.Y., Mayor, Tom Roach; Emanuel Azcona, graduate from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture, Ozone Park, N.Y., and current NACME Scholar at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; NACME Alumna, Kecia Palmer-Cousins; AT&T Director of External Affairs, Ed Bergstraesser; and NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.

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Pictured (L-R): AT&T Director of External Affairs, Ed Bergstraesser; NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail; and White Plains N.Y., Mayor Tom Roach.

 

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Pictured (L-R): Emanuel Azcona, graduate from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture, Ozone Park, N.Y., and current NACME Scholar at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; NACME Alumna, Kecia Palmer-Cousins; and NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.

NACME Alumnus Earns Spot as One of DiscoverE Foundation’s 2014 New Faces of Engineering

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NACME Alumnus Earns Spot as One of DiscoverE Foundation’s
2014 New Faces of Engineering

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is proud to announce that NACME Alumnus, Dr. Gregory White, has been selected as one of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering.

The award is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, now the DiscoverE Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations, and government agencies.

NACME’s Aileen Walter, Vice President of Scholarships and University Relations, who nominated White, said he “exemplified the attributes that we value as accomplishments among the NACME Scholars.”

White earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at NACME Partner Institution, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.) and now works for Sandia National Laboratories.

White credits his mentor, Virginia Tech. engineering professor Dr. Bevlee Watford, with putting him on the road to academic and professional success. Watford once called him to her office to discuss the balance between his heavy extracurricular involvement in National Society of Black Engineers and similar professional organizations versus doing well in the classroom. “Our reality check discussion helped put things in perspective,” he says.

White also earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Clemson University, joined Sandia as a postdoc in May 2011 and became a member of the staff in August 2012. He currently works on the B61-12 Life Extension Program. “Supporting and contributing to a program with countless bright, talented, kind folks that plays a critical role in our national security is very important to me,” he says.

“Our NACME Scholars represent the best and the brightest talent in engineering education in the nation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, NACME President and Chief Executive Officer. “The fact that these students also represent the growing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States is significant. Dr. Gregory White’s outstanding success in his career thus far and his place in the 2014 New Faces of Engineering validates the outstanding potential of our NACME Scholars. We congratulate Dr. White and wish him continued success in innovation, invention, and discovery.”

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 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,200 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a pre-college though workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.

 

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Photo: Dr. Greg White

 

 

NACME President and CEO Joins the ASTRA Board of Directors

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NACME President and CEO Joins the ASTRA Board of Directors

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The President and Chief Executive Officer for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for ASTRA, The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America.

ASTRA is a collaboration of more than 130 companies, academic institutions, professional societies, trade associations, and foundations. The organization’s mission is to ensure that there is an adequate, and growing, investment by the Federal government in basic research in the physical sciences, the mathematical and computational sciences, and engineering. ASTRA was founded in 2000 by a group of individuals who recognized that there was a fundamental imbalance in the Federal science investment portfolio. These individuals, and their respective organizations, banded together to redirect the agenda and reinvigorate support for basic research in the key areas identified above. ASTRA’s success in its mission is reflected in the overall growth of science funding, and in the recognition of the importance of science, technology, and innovation as part of the national policy agenda.

“I am honored to join the distinguished members of the ASTRA Board of Directors,” said McPhail. “ASTRA’s core mission to ensure adequate Federal investment in—and understanding of— the role scientific research and development (R&D) and STEM education play in our economy and daily lives is consistent with NACME’s mission to ensure diversity with equity in engineering education and careers. NACME and ASTRA share a commitment to produce well-vetted research that informs policy decisions. I look forward to contributing to a research and policy agenda that drives the vision of an engineering workforce that looks like America.”

 

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 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,200 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. www.nacme.org

 

 

 

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