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NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

 

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NACME Director of Research and Program Evaluation to Receive Ph.D.

Christopher Smith Earns Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology 

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) is pleased to announce that Christopher Smith, NACME’s Director of Research and Program Evaluation, will receive a Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University during a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.

A NACME staff member since 2012, Dr. Smith will continue to report on trends in engineering education and policy while measuring the impact of NACME programs.

“We are all proud of Chris for the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation and upcoming graduation,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME. “I know that he will be aggressive in contributing to the growth of the knowledge base in his field. His new degree will only increase his effectiveness in driving a robust research and program evaluation agenda at NACME.”

Previously, Dr. Smith worked as the Program Director of Evaluation Services at The After-School Corporation (TASC), where he evaluated after-school programs that were funded through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, and evaluated TASC-developed program models. He has previously served as the Newsletter Editor and Membership Director for the American Educational Research Association’s ‘Out-of-School Time’ Special Interest Group.

“Through my work at NACME, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many outstanding educators with doctorate degrees who have helped me in my pursuit of this degree,” said Dr. Smith. “From both my research and first hand experiences, I’ve also seen how education can transform lives. I believe that the rigor and research practices learned through this program will only enhance my work at NACME. The support of the larger NACME family has been a wonderful encouragement throughout this journey.”  

 

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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



 

 

 

NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015                                                                                                                            (914) 539-4010, ext. 243

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 NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering 

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 2015 Commencement Address to the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering on May 9th.

There will be approximately 85 graduate students and 327 undergraduate students participating in the in ceremony, which will take place at 5 p.m. in Barnhill Arena on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“I am honored to deliver this address as my whole career has been devoted to expanding educational opportunities for young people,” says Dr. McPhail. “The University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering has not only been recognized for the excellence of its instruction, but also for its commitment to recruit and retain traditionally underrepresented minorities.”

Twenty percent of those applying for graduation from the College of Engineering this year are underrepresented minorities and 19.4 percent are female. Of the remainder of the student body not graduating this year, 22.7 percent are minorities and 20.7 percent are female.

The University of Arkansas is one of the NACME’s 51 Partner Institutions.

NACME Partner Institutions collaborate to increase the retention-to-graduation rates of all minority students. The universities benefit from participation in NACME’s annual workshop, where best practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. NACME provides scholarships to students in the form of block grants to partner institutions and, in return, asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity and inclusiveness, and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students.

“We’re so honored to have Dr. McPhail as our commencement speaker,” adds John English, Dean, University of Arkansas College of Engineering. “His work and accomplishments in the area of diversity are very impressive. Diversity is one of our priorities at the University of Arkansas, and it is a pressing issue for the College of Engineering and the field of engineering in general. We are pleased that Dr. McPhail will be able to convey the importance of these issues at our ceremony.” Since 2000, 37 students from the College of Engineering have received National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowships. 

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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 College of Engineering: The University Of Arkansas College Of Engineering is the only comprehensive Ph.D. - granting engineering program in the state of Arkansas. The college offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in nine engineering fields, as well as incorporating distance learning and interdisciplinary programs. Faculty in the College of Engineering conduct research in many key areas, including electronics, energy, healthcare logistics, nanotechnology, transportation, and logistics.

 

 

 

 

NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award

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Monday, April 13, 2015                                                                                                                             (914) 539-4010, ext. 243

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NACME Scholar Receives DiscoverE College Edition Award 

White Plains. N.Y. - - The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) is pleased to announce that Karina Quintana, a NACME Scholar Ambassador, has been recognized with the DiscoverE College Edition Award. The award recognizes 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students who display a singular commitment to effecting positive change through substantive, real world applications of their skills and training.

“We are proud that one of our scholar ambassadors will be receiving this coveted award,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “To stay competitive in the years ahead, the United States will need to develop a robust engineering workforce. Ensuring that our engineering workforce reflects the diversity of America will only make us stronger.”

Karina Quintana Serves as NACME Scholar Ambassador at Florida International University (FIU).Initially planning to be a pre-law major, Karina switched to engineering during her college orientation after seeing a video of the amazing projects FIU’s engineering school was working on. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the electromagnetic lab at her school where she developed a compact, wearable antenna using a printable Conformal Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonance (CSCMR) method for wireless power transfer. This device will allow patients to be monitored from the comfort of their own homes.

"Research has served as my personal grounding and my motivation to strive and succeed in school,” says Ms. Quintana. "It is a constant that offers the exhilaration of discovery; it requires persistence, challenges creativity, and requires me to take risks and dream big. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, I hope to pursue a doctorate degree and specialize in industry as a radio frequency engineer.”

As a NACME Scholar Ambassador, Ms. Quintana is among a select group of 34 students nationwide who represent NACME on their respective campuses. Scholar ambassadors coordinate student participation in webinars and phone conferences, foster internship preparation, professional networking, and facilitate social media activity.

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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 DiscoverE: The DiscoverE’s mission is to strengthen and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. www.discovere.org

 

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