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NACME President and CEO Featured Keynote Speaker at ChiS&E Orientation

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NACME President and CEO Featured Keynote Speaker at ChiS&E Orientation

 

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 deliver the keynote address at The Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E) Parent/Student Orientation, on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

The orientation session will be held at the University of Illinois-Chicago in Lecture Hall “A,” 750 S. Halsted Street and is open to students in grades K-7 and their parents. RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

McPhail stated, “I am sincerely honored to address the ChiS&E Parent/Student Orientation for a second time. My first interaction with this group in 2012 made a profound impression on me. Ken Hill and his team have developed the national prototype for early intervention with underrepresented minority children in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and, mathematics) education. We must start early in building the awareness, excitement, and knowledge base in STEM. I speak not only as a teacher, scholar, and executive, but more importantly as the grandfather of two boys—ages 7 and 1. I started STEM education with my guys at birth.”

Since 2008, ChiS&E have given a growing numbers of inner city children and their parents the rare opportunity of engaging in hands-on STEM education on Saturday mornings. The free programs take place in the spring and fall of each year, kicked off by an orientation session designed to familiarize parents and their children with the process for the Saturday engineering program. Parental participation is an essential component of the program.

“Dr. McPhail will not only provide valuable information about opportunities in STEM fields and future possibilities for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the orientation,” said Kenneth Hill, founder & president of ChiS&E, “but his engaging and informative address will also inspire and motivate parents and students to become fully committed to participating in ChiS&E.” 

Along with parents and their children in grades K-7, a number of city and state officials and other notables are also expected to attend the orientation. 

 

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, foundation, 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 workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

 


About The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (ChiS&E): The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program provides highly-engaging, age-appropriate hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities for Chicago Public School (CPS) students in grades K–7 and their parents.  For more information, visit www.chiprep.org

 

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NACME Welcomes Air Products to its Board of Directors

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NACME Welcomes Air Products to its Board of Directors

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) is pleased to announce the addition of another company to its already illustrious roster of companies serving on its Board of Directors.

“At our semi-annual meeting in early June, Air Products joined NACME’s Board of Directors,” said NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Since our founding, NACME has been guided by the goal of building an engineering workforce that looks like America. Air Products is a perfect complement to our board as they share this vision. With more than 20,000 employees across 50 countries, Air Products has made diversity & inclusion a core value.”

Founded in 1940, Air Products has built a reputation for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and environment. In 2014, the company had annual sales of $10.4 billion.

“Over more than four decades, NACME has built an impressive track record of creating pathways of opportunities for African American, Latino and American Indian engineers” said Thomas E. Mutchler, Air Products’ Vice President for Global Engineering and Manufacturing. “From its efforts in pre-engineering for middle and high school students, through the numerous scholarships it distributes to make engineering degrees possible, NACME has been a leader in this effort. We are excited to join the Board of Directors of this esteemed organization.”

 

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Thomas E. Mutchler
Vice President Global Engineering and Manufacturing
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.


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 Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law education and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, 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 workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

About Air Products and Chemicals Inc.: Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:APD) is a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and related equipment to manufacturing markets including metals, food and beverage, refining and petrochemical, and natural gas liquefaction. Air Products’ materials technologies segment serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. Over 20,000 employees in 50 countries are working to make Air Products the world’s safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. In fiscal 2014, Air Products had sales of $10.4 billion and was ranked number 276 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

 

 

Johnson Austin to Give Keynote Speech at Columbia Secondary Graduation

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Johnson Austin to Give Keynote Speech at Columbia Secondary Graduation

 

White Plains. N.Y. — Saundra Johnson Austin, Senior Vice President for Operations at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME), has been invited to give the keynote speech for the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony of The Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering. The graduation ceremony will take place on Monday June 22nd at 5 p.m. The school is located at 425 West 123rd Street, New York, NY.


The Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering (CSS-MSE) is a public, sixth through twelfth grade school that opened in the fall of 2007. A partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the community, and Columbia University, CSS-MSE serves academically talented students who have an interest in a rigorous and demanding program focusing on math, science, and engineering. The school reached full enrollment of close to 700 students during the 2013-2014 school year and graduated its first class of seniors in June, 2014.


"As a key panelist and speaker at an educational leadership conference, Saundra's experience and professionalism were perfectly complimented by her approachability and speaking acumen,” said Dan Novak, Assistant Principal, CSS-MSE. “Inspired by these obvious characteristics, an impressive engineering career, and a consistent track record of advocacy for our aspiring minority youth, we invited Saundra to serve as the keynote speaker for the moving up ceremony of our diverse and dedicated eighth grade students. We know that her words and experience will inspire this next generation of engineers and professionals to pursue their dreams!"


Ms. Johnson Austin earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She began her career at Bechtel Power Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she worked in project controls, estimating, and business development.


In 1994, she became director of the Minority Engineering Program in the College of Engineering at Penn State. In 1998, she was recognized with the National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year and the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Outstanding Contribution by a Minority Engineering Program Administrator Award. In 2015, she was named the recipient of the Outstanding Engineering Alumna Award for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State.


Johnson Austin left Penn State in 2000 to become head of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science at the University of Notre Dame. In 2005, she was named executive vice president of the Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Later she served as the first president and CEO of St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 2008-2010. She is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Executive MBA Program.


In her current role at NACME, she supports the president and CEO on key organizational and strategic direction and is responsible for the execution of programs, research, communications, and engineering public policy. She currently resides in White Plains, New York.


‘It was an unexpected honor to be asked to give the keynote address to this promising group of eighth graders,” said Ms. Johnson Austin. “I will do my best to impart to these young people the value of hard work and that they should take an expansive view in thinking about their career goals. This is a crucial point to convey the opportunities and rewards that await them in the STEM field.”

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Saundra Johnson Austin

 

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 Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, 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. www.nacme.org

About CSS-MSE: Columbia Secondary is a selective, public, college preparatory school with a focus on science, math, and engineering. Its program of study provides a challenging academic experience that prepares its students for selective colleges; for careers in science, math, and engineering; and for a life of civic engagement and ethical responsibility CSS-MSE trains students to be socially and politically conscious, to be aware of their responsibility to their communities and the world, and to be dedicated to a life of creation and discovery in service of humanity. www.columbiasecondary.org

 

 

 

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